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. An accredited Land Trust, Loon Echo protects over 8,500 acres of land and manages 32 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, provide public access for outdoor recreation, and maintain the rural character of our region.
What We Do
- 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 LELT owns are open for public use, free of charge. It is our mission to keep these lands open & forested forever.
- 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. Conservation easements follow the land forever, meaning that even when the property is sold, the conservation easement stays with the property to protect its ecological value.
- 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.
- Loon Echo pays property taxes on the lands we own in-fee (i.e. our preserves) to support our local municipalities and communities.
Access & Recreation
- All LELT-owned lands are open for public use. Specific use guidelines and permitted activities vary from property to property. Check out the preserves open to you to learn more about each unique place.
Community Programs & Events
- We host at least one hike or walk on our preserves each month. We believe it’s important for everyone’s well-being to spend time outdoors. Join us on an adventure on our land!
- We work in partnership with many different community organizations to host interesting, informative programs to our community. View our current calendar of events for up-to-date programming.
- Interested in working with us on something? Get in touch– we’re always open to collaboration.
- 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.
- We’re working to bring more education programming to our preserves. Recently we’ve teamed up with RSU 14 to bring education to Raymond Community Forest.
What You Can Do
- Donate – As a nonprofit, we rely on donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses to serve our community. Your support of LELT helps protect land, ensures public access to land and outdoor recreation, helps provide free community programming, and so much more.
- Consider Conservation – Conservation is a partnership between land owners and organizations like LELT. Leave a legacy of forests, clean water, and public access for the next generation by conserving your land.
Where We Work
Loon Echo serves the seven towns of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Naples, Harrison, Sebago, and Raymond. LELT’s land conservation efforts benefit our 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 LELT Lands
All LELT-owned lands are open, free-of-charge, to the public. Please respect all use-guidelines.