We are working to acquire 38 forested acres of land in Harrison, Maine. By purchasing this property, we will expand the preexisting Crooked River Forest. This forestland acts as a natural forest filtration of source water for the Crooked River, the major tributary to Sebago Lake. The Edwards Parcel is contiguous with Crooked River Forest at Intervale, bringing the total acreage of conserved land along the Crooked River in Harrison and Otisfield to 337.
About the Project
Local residents and 1/6 of the population of Maine rely on a clean Crooked River for drinking water and recreational opportunities. Protecting forestland within the Crooked River watershed will help keep the Crooked River, and Sebago Lake downstream, clean. Additional acreage added to LELT’s Crooked River Forest will create a contiguous 337 acres of conserved lands to protect our source of drinking water.
The Crooked River is a part of the larger Sebago Lake watershed, which is over 50 miles long and extends from Bethel to Standish. Sebago Lake serves as the drinking water source for over 200,000 people in the greater Portland area, over 1/6 of Maine’s population. Sebago Lake and the Crooked River are also important economic drivers of the Lake Region, bringing in tourists and visitors from all over the state of Maine and beyond.
The Crooked River watershed includes Harrison, which has a year-round population of approximately 2,800 people, and greater numbers in the summer. Residents and visitors alike benefit from the renowned trout and landlocked salmon fisheries of the Crooked River. Protecting additional land in the watershed
will ensure the river can continue to support these important species.
For a complete overview of the project click HERE.