LELT’s 31st Annual Meeting takes a walk through history at the proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods. Photo by Brien Richards.

Help us purchase and conserve for future generations the family-owned 252 acre forested property in order to expand existing conserved land and to create a managed recreational forest for public benefit. 

Loon Echo is working in a collaborative effort with the Bridgton Historical Society (BHS) to acquire the land. The “Peabody-Fitch Woods” surrounds on three sides the Bridgton Historical Society’s historic “Narramissic Farm”.  The property is the working lands portion of the historic farm and has existing trails for walking and club maintained ATV use and in winter – human powered sports and snowmobile use.  Trail rehabilitation and development will occur over time.  Eventually the property will be transformed into a public recreational area for hunting, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, nature observation and in designated areas ATV and snowmobiling. Through source filtration, the water quality will be safeguarded for the benefit of the public not only for local wells, but for 1/6 of the population of Maine who get their water from Sebago Lake and the Saco River basin. The forestland will be managed for sustainable forestry to support the perpetual stewardship of the property.

Historic 18th century granite quarry.

The forest trails access views of the White Mountains to the northwest and Maine’s western foothills to the north.  Existing trails lead to a small quarry that was the source of the granite for the foundations of the farm buildings. 

The 252 acres of the proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods are contiguous with the Perley Mills Community Forest to the west, and is in close proximity to five other conserved lands that protect habitat and water quality.

The BHS currently conducts educational events at the farmstead and in the subject forest. Expansion of these efforts will include events conducted in partnership with Loon Echo Land Trust.

Click HERE  for an informational brochure about the project.  The funds will be used for sole purpose of acquisition of the land.

 

 

You can help! Contribute today.

Important: a contribution of any amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous foundation from now until December 31st, 2018.

Mail a check to: Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street, Suite #4, Bridgton, ME 04009     Memo: PFW

Call 207-647-4352

Visit our campaign donation site HERE.