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Tenny River Protected
LELT Executive Director Matt Markot paddles in front of the shoreline that is now protected by a LELT conservation easement.

We are excited to announce the protection of 25 acres of land on the eastern shore of the Tenny River in Raymond! While remaining privately owned by the Pine Tree Council (PTC) of the Boy Scouts of America, the newly conserved land is legally protected by a conservation easement held by Loon Echo Land Trust. The property is managed by PTC as a part of Camp Hinds, a wilderness camp in existence for over 85 years. 

The protected land includes 900 feet along the river, as well as several streams and a wetland. The newly conserved land is directly adjacent to 28 acres of land with 800 feet of shoreline along the Tenny owned by PTC and conserved by LELT.

“Thanks to the foresight of local landowners and community members, the Tenny River remains almost entirely undeveloped, a rare occurrence in this area of the State,” said LELT Executive Director Matt Markot.

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Volunteer Opportunity

When: Friday, 2/5/21, 9am - 11am
Where: Intervale, Harrison, ME
What: Help us create a new snowshoe trail at Crooked River Forest at Intervale! We're looking for a few people to help trim the corridor and blaze a new trail that will be for winter use only. Masks required, tools provided. Please email Maggie
( if you're interested in attending.

It's pretty out there, folks! We can't wait to create better access to more of the forest for you.

Watch: Here We Stand #EveryoneOutside

"I think all too often that communities of color have always been in the outdoors. But, through generations, some of us have been removed." - Teresa Baker, Founder - Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge

Great Backyard Bird Count

When: February 12 - 15
Where: Everywhere!
What: Participating is easy, fun to do alone or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds. Simply watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 12-15, 2021, and report what you see!

Science Says: Time outside is good for you.

The science confirms what we know to be true: spending time outside is good for you! A 2019 study published in the journal Nature shows that spending 120 minutes per week outside is associated with good health and wellbeing. Trails, conserved lands, and outdoor spaces close to home are an easy way to unlock these positive health benefits.

We're here for you as a resource if you're looking for specific types of trails or features to explore. Send us an email
(info@lelt.orgor message us on Facebook with any questions.
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30% by 2030

Land Trusts will play an important role in achieving the goal to conserve 30% of the nation's land by 2030.

"In short, we cannot achieve the 30x30 goal only by adding to the federal estate; we must empower private landowners to conserve their natural and working lands at a much greater pace and scale. Land trusts are uniquely qualified to make that happen and, importantly, they can do so in an inclusive and equitable way." - Andrew Bowman, President & CEO of the Land Trust Alliance
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Winter Access

Snow day! Trailhead parking lots at Bald Pate, Pleasant Mountain, Peabody-Fitch Woods, Raymond Community Forest, and Crooked River Forest at Intervale will be plowed out by the end of the storm (2/3/21).

Thanks to K. Tarr Construction, Khiel Logging & Excavation, Harrison Friendly Riders Snowmobile Club, Mike Harmon Property Maintenance, Arrowhead Landscape Company, and LELT donors for ensuring there is winter access to LELT trails! 
Executive Director Matt skiing at Peabody-Fitch Woods.
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 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.
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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