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APRIL E-NEWS

Dear LELT Community,

At the request of local first responders, all Pleasant Mountain trails are temporarily closed until further notice. This decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of our first responders and the capacity of our rural healthcare system are our utmost priority during this public health crisis.

We recognize and appreciate the importance of time outdoors for mental and physical well-being. LELT’s 11 other preserves and 20 miles of trail remain open at this time. Please follow all guidelines when spending time on the preserves.

Conservation is forever. Thanks to our members, partners, and volunteers for ensuring the trees, trails, mountains, and special places we all know and love will be there for us on the other side.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

Read our full statement here.

     In This Issue

Conservation Continues

It's hard to believe that just four months ago, with your help, Tiger Hill Community Forest was protected forever.

We are excited to announce that we're working to expand the forest with the addition of 20 acres along the Northwest River. This new conservation effort will protect an additional 2,000ft of frontage on the river and secure public access for boating via a hand-carry launch.

More to come!

Education & Activity Resources

Check out our favorite activities for families to maintain and grow your connection to nature and place close to home.

RFP: Peabody-Fitch Woods Trail

We're breaking ground on the universal access trail and parking area at Peabody-Fitch Woods this summer. Bids for the construction of the trail and parking area will be accepted until April 24th, 2020.

Staying Safe

Maine's Conservation and outdoor recreation community put together great guidelines to follow when heading outdoors during this time.
 

Celebrate Earth Day

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Photo by Jerry Monkman
While our planned in-person Earth Day events are cancelled, there's good news: you can celebrate from anywhere! The celebration of Earth Day has inspired people around the world to protect our planet and build meaningful connections with nature. We can all take actions to ensure that our earth is resilient and beautiful for future generations.
 
1. Go for a walk with gloves and a bag & pick up any trash you see
2. Spend time outdoors (low, local, with physical distance)
3. Survey and remove invasive plants from your yard
4. Be a champion of the natural world with a donation to LELT, or give a gift membership to a friend

Grant Received for Hacker's Hill

LELT was awarded a grant from the Ed Meadows Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation! The grant will support new interpretive signage & an informational kiosk at Hacker's Hill Preserve.
Moment of Zen
Sights and sounds of Perley Mills Community Forest

Breathe in. Breathe out. Look up.

Loon Echo Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit. We're working hard to ensure our trails and preserves stay open for all through this time. You can make sure more forests are accessible for you and your family, local critters have forever homes, and our earth is more resilient to climate change.
Learn more here.
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 Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine to conserve its natural resources and character for future generations.
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