Managing the 55,678-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest is no small task. Miles of hiking trails, water-access campsites, boat launches, and much more keep DLLT staff busy throughout the year. A core group of local volunteers are essential to successful community-led conservation, and as the saying goes – “Many hands make light work!”
Are you, or someone you know, interested in volunteering for a local conservation organization? Downeast Lakes Land Trust has upcoming volunteer opportunities that will get you in the great outdoors, helping to clean up and beautify conserved lands in the Downeast Lakes region and building more recreational assets in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.
This Saturday, June 19th, join DLLT and the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club for the Annual Community and Forest Cleanup. Each year, numerous volunteers descend on the DLCF and surrounding areas to show their appreciation to local landowners for their support of public recreational access. Gloves and trash bags will be handed out, and lunch will be provided (along with a small thank-you gift!). Interested volunteers should meet at the GLS School Building at 8:30 am for their cleanup assignment.
Starting this Thursday, June 17th, DLLT is holding a weekly work group. Led by DLLT Board Member Lindsay Wheaton, this group will focus on several tasks in the community forest. Whether cleaning up hiking trails, hanging signage, sprucing up campsites, cleaning trash, or any other job, this work group is already helping improve public access for all (picture from the June 8th kickoff!). There is no need to register – interested volunteers will meet Lindsay and others at the DLLT office in Grand Lake Stream every Thursday morning at 10 am throughout the summer. Dress for the weather and plan to work until 2 pm. We hope to see you there!