The Raymond Community Forest is a 356 acre permanently conserved area in Raymond, ME. It offers multiple long-term benefits to the community and region. These benefits include protection of the quality of Raymond’s waterways and wildlife. Also, it has exceptional views to and from Pismire Mountain. Recreational development includes a parking area on Conesca Road; hiking trails leading to the cliffs of Pismire Mountain and low-impact multi-use trails in the lower forest. Uses in the lower forest include walking, hiking, cross country skiing/snowshoeing and mountain biking. It also offers continuation of traditional uses such as hunting. The property has had a long tradition of sustainable forest management. Forestry will continue providing necessary income to support the management of the land and trails into the future. Click here to download a map of the Raymond Community Forest and trails (pdf).
- Hiking and Nature Observation
- Snowshoeing and Back Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking (on designated trails only)
- Trapping (by permission only)
- Remove All Waste and Trash
- Daytime Use Only
- Stay On Marked Trails
- Keep Pets Under Control At All Times
- Motorized Vehicles Are Prohibited
- Target Shooting Is Prohibited
- Wear Blaze Orange During Hunting Seasons
2007 – Raymond Open Space Plan identified Pismire Mountain as a special place.
2012- The land conservation project was first proposed by the Raymond Conservation Commission and Loon Echo Land Trust
2014 -Results from the 2014 town-wide Raymond Community Survey indicated strong support for preserving open space, natural resources and lakes over the next 10 years.
2016 – The property was acquired by Loon Echo Land Trust.
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Over 200 local individuals and families have donated to the project. Hancock Land Company gifted approximately $109,000 in land value. The residents of Raymond voted $56,800. Grants were awarded by the Land for Maine’s Future Program (LMF), Portland Water District, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Davis Conservation Foundation, Camp Agawam, The Open Space Institute and an anonymous foundation.
Supporting Project Partners Include:
Raymond Waterways Association; Raymond Pond Association; Myron Hall Road Association; Crescent Woods Road Association; Forest Society of Maine; and others.
Raymond Community Forest Campaign Steering Committee Members:
John Rand, Chair; Ray Bersch; Sheila Bourque; Connie Cross; Dave Dowler; Carol Friend; Russ Hutchinson; Brien Richards; Marlee Turner; Brian Walker; Carrie Walia, Loon Echo Land Trust Senior Adviser.