Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) is a donor supported, non-profit organization that works to protect the natural resources and character of the northern Sebago lake region for current and future generations. Loon Echo protects 6,700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of hiking and biking trails in the towns of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago. These important open spaces protect the region’s water resources and wildlife habitat, support the local economy, maintain the rural character of our region and provide public access to outdoor recreation.
What We Do
Land Protection. We protect land in two ways, through conservation easements and permanent land acquisition.
- Conservation Easements leave the land in the hands of a land owner, but place certain restrictions on how the land is used. The easements contain restrictions that prevent development of the land, while allowing a variety of activity such as agriculture, forestry and private recreation.
- Permanent land acquisitions are owned by Loon Echo and are managed for recreation, timber, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and scenic views. All of the lands we own are open for public use.
- As local landowners, we take special care in the stewardship of our lands. With a network of volunteers, we monitor and maintain our lands and trails.
- We host at least one hike or walk on preserves each month. We host a variety of other community events throughout the year to engage people with the natural world. View our current calendar of events.
- Each year we offer grants to schools and libraries in our service area to teach children about the natural world. Learn more about our Environmental Education Grant Program.
Where We Work
Loon Echo serves the seven towns of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Naples, Harrison, Sebago, and Raymond, an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake. According to the 2010 census the collective towns had a year-round population of 22,857. Together, these towns have experienced substantial population growth in the last 20 years that has far outpaced Maine’s growth rate – by three to four times. Permanent land conservation in the region is currently at 4.2%. It is Loon Echo’s goal to accelerate the pace and quality of land conservation in order to edge closer to the state average of 17% which has increased in recent years due to major conservation efforts in the North Woods. Loon Echo’s land conservation efforts in the watershed benefit the seven service area towns, as well as 200,000 residents of the greater Portland area who rely on Sebago Lake as their sole public drinking water source.
Explore Our Lands
How to Support
We rely on donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses to do what we do. Your support of Loon Echo Land Trust helps protect land, ensure public access to land and outdoor recreation, and so much more. Find out more about how to support Loon Echo Land Trust.