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DECEMBER E-NEWS

New Trail at Peabody-Fitch Woods.

We Need Your Support

There's no doubt that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Loon Echo’s trails and preserves have never seen more use than they did this year. These lands and trails provided countless people with a healthy escape, a place to be together safely with friends and loved ones.

But the heavy use has taken a serious toll. We need to make some much needed repairs and improvements to our trails, as well as continue to protect land, build new trails, and connect people to nature with new programming. 

We've got big goals and plans ahead for 2021, and your support propels us forward. None of what we do is possible without a community of people who care, and give. If you are in a position to do so, please consider a donation to LELT this year.
Donate Now
There are many ways to give to LELT, find the one that works best for you or call Maggie at 207-647-4352.
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Give the Gift of Conservation

What gift is guaranteed to fit, be the right color, and last forever? The gift of conservation! Consider making a donation in honor of a loved one this holiday season. We will send your honoree a card celebrating your gift.

We also have LELT hats available for purchase - they make a great gift and there are several styles to choose from.
Give the Gift of Conservation

Sebago Clean Waters Gains Momentum

When we work together, everybody benefits. We are so proud to be a partner in Sebago Clean Waters & be a part of its recent successes. The partnership will be working to conserve 3,000 acres in the Sebago Lake watershed and recently received a grant from the Woodard & Curran Foundation.

And there's more news coming soon! Click here (and scroll to the bottom of the page) to sign up for the Sebago Clean Waters E-News and learn more about this innovative partnership.
About SCW

Events

We have put in-person events and walks on hold as the pandemic surges on. However, we are planning a series of free webinars early in 2021! Stay tuned. We hope to be able to resume outdoor events and volunteer days soon.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions about our lands & trails. We're happy to make recommendations on new places to explore.

CARES Act & Your Giving

The CARES Act may provide you increased tax incentives for charitable giving, but these benefits apply only in the 2020 tax year, so you must act by December 31! 
  • If you itemize, you can deduct cash contributions to LELT to offset up to 100 percent of your income. The 100 percent limit allows especially generous donors to reduce their 2020 federal income tax to zero. We are happy to chat about multi-year gifts that will help you take advantage of this opportunity.
  • If you don’t itemize, you can take the standard deduction AND reduce your taxable income by up to $300 with gifts to LELT or other qualified charities.
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Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing

Snow has arrived! We have several pairs of snowshoes and poles available for you to use (for free!) here at our office in Bridgton. Whether you're new to snowshoeing or want to bring a friend with you who doesn't have the gear, the snowshoes are here for you to use. Email Maggie (membership@lelt.org) if you'd like to borrow a pair.

We love winter adventures, and we want to help you love it too!! ❄️ If you're new to winter hiking read our blog post featuring LELT staff's winter hiking/walking tips and tricks.
Winter Tips & Tricks

Trail Condition Reporting


(The recent storm did a number on our trails)
 
As you visit Loon Echo's preserves and trails this winter, let us know what you see! From trail conditions to animal tracks, your observations benefit everyone. We use your reports to clear downed trees & hazards, provide accurate trail info to users, and learn more about what's happening on LELT lands.

To report trail issues contact Jon (stewardship@lelt.org) or call us at (207) 647-4352. For all other reports please email Maggie (membership@lelt.org) or post a photo on our Facebook page.

Give Back With PayPal

 
Do you use PayPal? Set us as your favorite charity, and every time you make an online purchase with PayPal, you’ll have the opportunity to donate $1 to LELT. It’s an easy and convenient way to have a big impact. Visit our profile page on the PayPal Fundraising Site to set LELT as your favorite charityThanks for your support!

#GivingTuesday a success!


We were blown away by your support on #GivingTuesday. We far exceeded our goals for the day with over 60 donors and $13,000 raised. Every single donation will be matched. THANK YOU & take pride in knowing that you, working with others, protect these special places for everyone to enjoy.

P.S. It's not too late to give! We accept (and need) your donations year-round.
Anybody in there? (There was a flying squirrel!). Crooked River Forest at Intervale
Your financial support is more important than ever.
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.
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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