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On this day in LELT history...

Bald Pate Mountain was conserved 24 years ago today! Sometimes it feels like this special place just exists; that it’s there because, well, of course it is. It's Bald Pate!

But it doesn’t just exist. It didn’t just ‘end up’ that way. 
It took people who cared, working together, to make it what it is today.

In 1996, Bald Pate Mountain had long been used by local residents to hike, hunt, snowmobile, bird watch, and cross-country ski thanks to a private landowner who allowed public access to the land.

But that was all set to change. There were plans to build a television tower on Bald Pate. A group of local residents worked together to stop the tower from being constructed on the summit. Then, knowing development on the mountain remained a threat, ‘Friends of Bald Pate’ and Loon Echo Land Trust raised $180,000 in three months to purchase and permanently protect the 450 mountain acres on January 13th, 1997.

Today, thanks to the great foresight and efforts of all involved, Bald Pate Mountain Preserve is open to all. With the addition of 36 more acres and new trails over the years, it remains a place to hike, hunt, snowmobile, bird watch, and cross-country ski. What an incredible gift, a remarkable legacy: beloved Bald Pate.

Environmental Education Grants

(Above: from the archives)
LELT's 2021 Environmental Education Grant applications are due February 15th. 🌲 Any school or library within LELT's service area (Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Sebago and Raymond) may apply. 
Learn More & Apply

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Online

The Maine Land Trust Network is hosting a virtual film screening with The Maine Outdoor Film Festival from 1/14 to 1/20! If you missed our MOFF event at Hacker's Hill last summer here's your chance to see some awesome outdoor and conservation films from the comfort of your home. One of the films included in the screening features the work of Sebago Clean Waters (you might even catch a glimpse of a familiar place & face).

Watch: NWF Creating Safe Spaces Roundtable

On December 8, the National Wildlife Federation launched the first roundtable in their Creating Safe Spaces initiative to shed light on the challenges that Black people face in safely accessing and enjoying the outdoors.

Got old winter gear?

A major barrier to getting outside in the winter is access to winter gear like snowshoes and microspikes. The
Raymond Parks and Recreation Department is looking for donations of winter recreational equipment to support winter activities and programs for youth and young adults, all sizes are welcome (as well as cash donations). Please drop off your donated items at the Raymond Town Office during normal business hours. For more information please contact Joseph Crocker at

P.S. LELT has several pairs of snowshoes and poles available for you to use (for free!) here at our office in Bridgton. Email Maggie ( if you'd like to borrow a pair.

Record Setting

(photo by Jerry Monkman)
Attendance at Maine State Parks was the highest it's ever been with over 3 million visitors in 2020. We saw a similar trend across all LELT preserves, and know other Maine land trusts saw increased use of their lands and trails last year as well. This is, ultimately, a good thing! Getting outside has so many benefits for mental and physical health. As individuals grow their connection to the outdoors, hopefully it will make more people invested in protecting nature & preserving public access.
Our view:
1. We need to invest in current lands and trail infrastructure to repair problem areas & ensure trails are sustainable;
2. We need to educate new users on ways to care for the trails and stay safe outdoors;
3. We need to conserve more land and build new trails to accommodate increased demand.

Tax Receipts

The CARES Act provided many individuals with increased tax incentives for charitable giving in 2020. If you need a summary of your gifts to LELT in 2020, or would like a formal tax receipt, please contact Maggie ( or 207-647-4352).
Hi Hadley! From the boundary of Peabody-Fitch Woods and Perley-Mills Community Forest.
Thank you for your support!
Loon Echo Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit. Everything we're able to do is a direct result of your donations. 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.
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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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