Loon Echo Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land are working in partnership with the community of Sebago, Maine to acquire and create Tiger Hill Community Forest.
Our goal – to raise $1.5 million to purchase this 1,400–acre forest and fund an endowment to care for the land in perpetuity. We have already raised nearly 85% of the needed funds! Now we’re asking for your help to close the gap.
Together we can preserve all that makes Maine special; we can safeguard this diverse, wild landscape and ensure its protection for generations to come.
Protect a Critical Drinking Water Source – This project will protect the water quality of Sebago Lake, the drinking water source for over one sixth of Maine residents and many visitors. The Sebago Lake watershed one of the most-threatened watersheds nationwide (7 of 540), with only 10% of the watershed is currently protected while the region is experiencing new residential, transportation, and energy infrastructure development.
Support Wildlife and Biodiversity – Two brooks on the property support eastern brook trout, landlocked salmon, and a smelt spawning run. The property includes a 30-acre high value habitat area for wading birds and waterfowl and will protect hundreds of acres of important wetlands.
Support the Local Economy – The community forest will protect a priority natural area and ensure access for recreation. This will help Sebago maintain and grow its status as a tourism destination. Selective forestry will sustain local jobs, and Loon Echo Land Trust will pay municipal taxes on the land at an Open Space rate.
Strengthen the Social Fabric of Community – This project will spark community engagement as part of the planning process and provide a physical gathering place in the town of Sebago.
The Trust for Public Land and Loon Echo Land Trust are working in partnership with the community to purchase and protect 1,400 acres of forestland in the town of Sebago. The land, once conserved, will become the Tiger Hill Community Forest at Sebago.