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Trek for the Trails!

Who: Anyone who cares about & loves LELT trails!
When: September 2021
Cost: $20/adult
What: Run, walk, hike, bike, skip or drive - all on your own time and to support the trails you love! You’ll have all of September to complete your Trek. Trek for the Trails is our largest annual fundraising event. Get out & give back!

Three participation options give everyone the opportunity to participate in this unique community event: Trek Anywhere, Scavenger Hunt & Trail Run Challenge.

NEW this year: Every Thursday in September we will be hosting opportunities to gather and Trek together at various LELT properties. Times & locations will be announced in August.

Learn more about the Trek here.

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Upcoming Events

Trail Running Workshop
Sunday, 7/11, 8am | Peabody-Fitch Woods
Suggested $5 donation -
Registration Required
Join us to learn from professional running coaches on Loon Echo Land Trust trails! Get tips on form, injury prevention, gear, and any other questions you have about trail running. All paces, all distances. 

Yoga on the Hill
Monday, 7/12 & 7/19 & 7/26 & 8/2, 5:30 pm | Hacker's Hill Preserve
Free - Donations graciously accepted
Join certified yoga instructors in a gentle yoga practice in the fresh air to explore postures and sequences together. No registration required. 
Learn more here.

StoryWalk Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, 7/14, 4pm | Hacker's Hill Preserve
Free! Open to all.
Join LELT & Casco Public Library as we celebrate the opening of the StoryWalk on Hacker's Hill. Bring a picnic!

Sunset Concert with Just Be-Cause
Wednesday, 7/28, 6pm | Hacker's Hill Preserve
Suggested donation: $10/person - Get Tickets
We’re excited to welcome back Just Be-Cause to Hacker’s Hill to kick off our summer sunset concert series! Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic.
For a full list of events, click here. Events are added as they are planned, check back often!

Sunset Concerts are Back!

Wednesday, July 28, 6 - 8pm | Just Be-Cause
Hacker's Hill Preserve
Suggested donation: $10/person - Get Tickets

Wednesday, August 11, 6 - 8pm | Darlin' Corey
Hacker's Hill Preserve
Suggested donation: $10/person - Get Tickets

Wednesday, August 4, 6 - 8pm | Bruce Marshall
Narramissic & Peabody-Fitch Woods
Suggested donation: $10/person - Get Tickets

Trail Crew Work Days

Volunteer Trail Work Days
With the trails seeing more use than ever before, we need your help! Each work day will be different, all will be fairly strenuous. 2-3 volunteers will work with Jon & Aidan. Tools & training provided.
 Registration required.

Wednesday, July 7, 8:30am - 11:30am | Pondicherry Park
Friday, July 9, 8:30am - 11:30am | Raymond Community Forest
Wednesday, July 14, 8:30am - 11:30am | Pondicherry Park
Friday, July 16, 8:30am - 11:30am | Pleasant Mountain
Monday, July 19, 8:30am - 11:30am | Bald Pate Preserve
Wednesday, July 21, 8:30am - 11:30am | Pondicherry Park
Monday, July 26, 8:30am - 11:30 am | Peabody-Fitch Woods
Wednesday, July 28, 8:30am - 11:30am | Pondicherry Park

Bald Peak Overflow Parking

Overflow parking for the Bald Peak trail on Pleasant Mountain is now available at Shawnee Peak's East area parking lot. Located 1000 ft down Mountain Rd from the trailhead, the lower half of the lot is available for hikers to park in and will provide a safe alternative to parking on the road, which is prohibited. Signs indicating where to park have been installed in the Shawnee lot, and will be added to the Bald Peak lot soon. Pleasant Mountain trail maps have been updated with this information as well. Thank you to Shawnee Peak for allowing use of their parking area!

StoryWalks in Casco, Bridgton

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story.

StoryWalks will be located at Mayberry Hill Preserve, Hacker's Hill Preserve, and Pondicherry Park this summer. Details will be posted on our website & Facebook as they are finalized.

Funding for the Casco StoryWalk was provided by a LELT Environmental Education Grant and Bridgton StoryWalk funding was provided by the Onion Foundation.

Peabody-Fitch Woods Trail Re-Route

The trail re-route at Peabody-Fitch Woods is complete and ready for your feet! Thank you to our stewardship team and volunteers for making this trail a reality. The re-route takes hikers through a beautiful pine-grove and gets you off the ATV/snowmobile trail when you're on your way up to the quarries.

The trail map has been updated and
can be found here.

EAB Monitoring

We're working with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on our conserved lands. We have installed a monitoring trap in Pondicherry Parkand will be installing another trap at Bald Pate. We will lower and empty the trap every two weeks, saving the samples for the state to ID.

EAB is an invasive beetle that threatens ash trees. All the State's ash trees (except 'mountain ash') are at risk of injury & death. There's a lot at stake if we lose all of our ash trees: loss of a food source for wildlife, ~$320 million dollar impact to forest landowners, the loss of brown ash, which is a key material for traditional basketmaking - an important cultural tradition of the Wabanaki people.
EAB has been found in Bridgton. By continuing to monitor & identifying local stands of ash, we can better inform future treatment & management to help save our ash trees.

What can YOU do to help stop the spread of EAB?
🔴Don't move firewood! Buy it where you burn it.
🔴Learn how to identify EAB and report any sightings to the State.
🔴Learn more about EAB in Maine
Tenny River Paddle
That whole shoreline? It will be forested forever (that’s pretty awesome). On the water? Some of the people behind Sebago Clean Waters, who helped protect that shoreline (and who are working every day to protect more places like this). #keepsebagoclean
Have you made your 2021 gift to support LELT yet?
Loon Echo Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit. Everything we're able to do is a direct result of your support. 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. Please make your 2021 gift today!
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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