Together we can preserve all that makes Maine special; we can safeguard this diverse, wild landscape and ensure its protection for generations to come.

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; owned by Loon Echo Land Trust for the benefit of the community.

Fall foliage near Tiger Hill in Sebago, Maine. Photo by Jerry Monkman.

Every dollar counts (and will be matched!)

We have less than $300,000 left (of $1.6 million) to raise to acquire and turn this land into a community forest. Many individuals, foundations, and our partners in Sebago Clean Waters have already stepped up to make THCF a reality. Give today and your donation to Tiger Hill Community Forest will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous anonymous donor.

About

  • 1,417 acres
  • Town/County: Sebago, Cumberland County
  • Total Project Cost: $1.6 million
Fall foliage and the Northwest River near Tiger Hill in Sebago, Maine.

The Community Forest model promotes community connection to forestland and each other, protects threatened habitat and natural resources, and improves individual and community health. Recognizing the exceptional opportunity to create Tiger Hill Community Forest, Sebago Clean Waters, local residents, Loon Echo Land Trust, and the Town of Sebago have engaged support from The Trust for Public Land to acquire the land and help them achieve a variety of goals:

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.

Ensure Public Access – Once conserved, traditional public access for recreation and education will be secured.

Generate Economic Benefits – 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. Sustainable forestry management will sustain local jobs and provide immediate and future income to steward the property. LELT will pay municipal taxes on the land at an Open Space rate.

Enhance Tourism – Visitors come to Sebago and surrounding towns for the small-town feel, quality of place, natural beauty, and outdoor recreational opportunities. With the rapid pace of development, these qualities are under threat. The community forest will protect a priority natural area and recreational features that will help Sebago maintain its sense of place as a tourism destination, which will in turn support the local outdoor recreation-based economy.

Location

Click here for a map (pdf).

Our Partners: The Trust for Public Land, Sebago Clean Waters, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Portland Water District, Open Space Institute, MNRCP