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From Peabody-Fitch Woods, over Perley Mills Community Forest, to Pleasant Mountain.
Photo by Nancy Campbell

"Conservation really means feeling deeply enough for something that you're willing to save some for others. I think the word for that is love. And I think conservation is ultimately an act of love."

- Dr. Drew Lanham

Land for all. But is it, really?

At Loon Echo Land Trust we conserve land and natural resources for future generations. But also integral to our mission is to make sure access to safe outdoor spaces is not just a privilege for white people. 

Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge that outdoor spaces, careers in conservation, and positions of leadership are not equally accessible or safe for everyone. Injustice and systemic racism do exist in the land conservation community. 

Right now we are taking time to listen, learn, and begin conversations on how to be active partners in long overdue change. Right now we have more questions than answers, but we are committed to long-term learning and constructive action to ensure BIPOC benefit from and have a voice in land conservation.

We acknowledge we have a long way to go. As a first step, we've signed on to a statement by the Maine Land Trust Network and have posted some resources that we're using to begin learning.

Please join us in building a conservation & outdoor community that is more equitable, just, and diverse.

Statement & Resources
     In This Issue

Trek for the Trails

The Trek is going virtual. AND we're switching it up a bit. The event formerly known as the "Loon Echo Trek" is now the Loon Echo Land Trust "Trek for the Trails." Though it's not how we originally envisioned celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Trek, we're excited about the new opportunities a virtual "Trek for the Trails" will bring. Thank you to Norway Savings Bank for making this event possible as a presenting sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Registration will be available by July 1. 
Learn More

Events Update

Out of an abundance of caution, all June events have been canceled. "First Monday walks will resume on July 6th, and occur every other week through August. Registration will be required, and physical distancing will be enforced. Keep tabs on our events page for more details about upcoming events.

To Watch: Birds of North America

Dr. Drew Lanham is a poet and a professor of wildlife ecology who writes and speaks about his love for the outdoors, and about being a birder of color. In this episode, Drew and Jason discuss how people with different experiences can "find common cause in a bird," as they observe mute swans and yellow-rumped warblers.

Office is Open

The LELT office on Depot Street in Bridgton is officially back open with Staff working from the office on a rotating basis, face masks, and lots of hand sanitizer. We are open to the public by appointment only. If you'd like to stop by, please email Maggie at or call ahead at 207-647-4352. We're also available to meet outdoors anytime!

Welcome, Aidan!

We're excited to welcome Aidan Hagerty to the LELT Team! Aidan is LELT's first stewardship intern and will be helping out with a variety of stewardship tasks this summer. He has already been hard at work removing graffiti from Pleasant Mountain, doing trail work with Jon, and collecting trail data. Currently residing in Denmark, Aidan is a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and fishing. Aidan can be reached via email at Welcome, Aidan!

Invasive Plant Management

If you visit Hacker's Hill Preserve this summer you might notice something different. We are starting the lengthy process of removing invasive plants from the hill, starting with the large patch of Japanese Knotweed. The knotweed will be cut continuously throughout the summer, and black fabric will be put over the area to slow the growth & spread of the knotweed.


Check out more videos from our preserves, as well other videos on conservation recommended by LELT staff, on our YouTube channel.

IF&W Podcast

Portland Water District's Laurel Jackson, and the work of Sebago Clean Waters, is featured on last week's Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife podcast. Host Katie Yates and Laurel talk about Sebago Lake, its watershed, and the ripple effects clean water has on downstream (and upstream) communities. 

Tune in next Monday (6/15/20) for an episode featuring LELT Executive Director, Matt!


Learning Opportunity

A Six Session Online Course on Understanding Maine’s Forest Community hosted by Maine Tree Foundation: July 14 – 30, 2020. Participants will gain a strong understanding of the forests in their community and the resources available to them.
A Moment on the Trail
A hearty hello from a hermit thrush. The distinct, glassy tone of the hermit thrush makes a lasting impression.
(above) Raymond Community Forest. Photo by Jerry Monkman -
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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