Introduction

Loon Echo Land Trust partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to organize the “Lake Region Greenprint” project with the following seven partner communities and municipalities: Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago.

The goal of this project was to develop a Greenprint, which is a strategic plan based on local and regional priorities designed to meet community open space, park, recreation and conservation goals. A Greenprint is the process for assessing regional land conservation opportunities, and is a comprehensive, community-driven planning process designed to articulate land use and open space goals across municipal and geographical borders. This process results in a set of color-coded maps, interactive web-based tools, and action strategies related to the natural environment, open space protection and land use planning.

Loon Echo will use these tools to identify the lands within the Lake Region that are most important for conservation and natural resource protection. In result, the pace and quality of land conservation will be enhanced.  Other important uses of the Greenprint are to help inform local land use decisions (e.g. ordinances, subdivision development and review), trail planning and connectivity, and supporting information for economic development strategies.

Project Results

An informative, user-friendly GIS-based on-line mapping tool is now available to anyone with internet access. For access to the on-line mapping tool please contact us for the user name and password.

The final report, including the community process, goal maps, action plan, and financing options, is now available. Click on links to download the final report or brochure.

Lake Region Greenprint Goals  

Land Use and Conservation Planning

Protect Water Resources

20%

Preserve Plant and Animal Habitat

18%

Preserve Working Farms and Forests

15%

Protect Scenic Views

14%

Maintain Small Town Character of Village Centers

12%

Protect and Enhance Existing Trails

11%

Provide Recreation

10%