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Momentum to acquire and create the Lakeville Expansion of the Downeast Lakes Community Forest increases as project is ranked first in the nation by the U.S. Forest Service

May 26, 2020

Project will create spaces for outdoor recreation and a sustainable forest economy while also protecting wildlife, wetlands, and lakeshore. Penobscot County, Maine—The Trust for Public Land and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT), today announced that the . . . read more »

The Importance of Vernal Pools in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest

May 12, 2020

A vernal pool, or ephemeral pool, is a body of water, usually about a foot deep, which serves a valuable ecological role. As the name suggest these pools are only available seasonally in the forest and spend . . . read more »

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 27, 2020

This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! DLLT’s forest management plan is carefully designed to monitor invasive species and promote biodiversity in the community forest, while maintaining a working forest to support the surrounding community. In . . . read more »

Invasive Milfoil in Big Lake

January 9, 2020

Downeast Lakes Land Trust is currently working with Lake Stewards of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe to defend our waters from invasives like those recently found by Warden Brad Richards in Big Lake. . . . read more »

The Treasured Biodiversity of Downeast Maine


January 6, 2020

In October, Downeast Lakes Land Trust welcomed Scott Aker, Head of Horticulture at the US National Arboretum, for a visit to the community forest to learn about DLLT’s native plant species conservation work. During his tour with . . . read more »

Twenty Students from Lee Academy Help Construct New ADA Trail

November 6, 2019

Last week, twenty students from Lee Academy in Lee, Maine, came to help construct a section of the new American with Disabilities Act accessible Musquash Esker Trail which will be opening in the Summer of 2020. The . . . read more »

Apples of Grand Lake Stream

October 23, 2019

If you sit on the lawn of the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society museum in late fall, you can often hear the gurgle of the ancient stream and the thump, thump, thump of the heirloom apples falling . . . read more »

Meet the Staff of DLLT

October 10, 2019

From left to right: Development and Outreach Manager – Lillian Bowen, President and CEO – David Montague, Administration Manager – Laura Hunt, Managing Forester – Ernest Carle, and Education and Events Coordinator – Kendall O’Connell. In late . . . read more »

2019 Downeast Lakes Conservation Award Presented to Trust Co-Founder

September 25, 2019

Every year, the Downeast Lakes Conservation Award is presented to honor those who have made extraordinary contributions toward the long-term economic and environmental well-being of the Downeast Lakes region of Maine. This year’s recipient of the award, . . . read more »

Deputy Director Leaves DLLT

June 27, 2019

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is announcing the departure of Deputy Director Colin Brown.  Since joining DLLT in 2015 as the Education and Outreach Manager, Colin has spearheaded DLLT’s education program while strengthening partnerships and community . . . read more »

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