Loon Echo Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land worked to purchase and protect over 1,400 acres of forestland in the town of Sebago in 2019. The land, now conserved, is called the Tiger Hill Community Forest at Sebago; owned by Loon Echo Land Trust for the benefit of the community. In early 2021, LELT purchased an additional 22 acres of forest and wetlands to expand the forest.
- 1,451 acres
- Town/County: Sebago, Cumberland County
- Owned and managed by Loon Echo Land Trust
- Remove all waste and trash
- Day-use only
- Keep dogs under control at all times
- Respect abutting private property
- Avoid disturbing plants and wildlife
- No campfires or overnight use
- Day hiking and dog walking
- Snowshoeing and skiing
- Mountain biking
- Hunting and fishing in accordance with all State and local laws
- Snowmobiling on designated trail
Please note there are no marked trails at THCF (yet). A network of old woods roads provide access to the forest.
Protecting a Critical Drinking Water Source – THCF protects 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.
Supporting 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.
Public Access – Traditional public access for recreation and education are allowed. Currently there is an informal network of woods roads open for foot traffic.
Economic Benefits – The community forest protects 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.
Enhancing 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 protects priority natural area and recreational features that will help Sebago maintain its sense of place as a tourism destination.