Forests and Lakes – For People – Forever ®



Timber management is a traditional use of the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. It sustains the forest products economy – essential to our community and region.

Managing for wildlife habitat is a primary goal for DLLT. Through our timber management we also seek to maintain and enhance forest health and productivity, while providing the economic and social benefits of a commercial forestry enterprise.

Desired Future Condition

Forest trees are long-lived, and forest management requires long-term planning. The desired future condition is what DLLT would like the forest to look like 50 years or more in the future.

The Desired Future Condition of the Downeast Lakes Community Forest includes a range of plant and wildlife habitats ranging from early-successional stands to extensive, mature forest blocks managed to provide a mosaic of habitats that are connected across the landscape in time and space. Included within this vision are an Ecological Reserve, a Late Successional Forest Management Area, and other special management areas.

Timber Resource Objective

DLLT seeks to:

  • manage the lands to produce a sustainable supply of high quality, high value timber;
  • maintain and improve the stocking, quality and species composition of regenerated stands;
  • use appropriate harvesting techniques, equipment, silvicultural practices and environmental protections to ensure the long-term capacity of forest stands to contribute to forest growth and protect the productivity of forest soils.

Loading logs for delivery to the millDLLT forest management emphasizes the use of techniques that rely on the immense regenerative capacity of the forests of Downeast Maine. We attempt to work with and “read” the forest. Our forest management seeks to mimic the patterns and processes of natural forest development, maturation and succession.

Exemplary management of forests and waters is part of our mission. DLLT manages the Downeast Lakes Community Forest to the highest standards. Third-party certification provides assurance to supporters who may not have opportunity to observe our management practices.

On October 16, 2007, Downeast Lakes Land Trust was Maine’s first local land trust to receive Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Forest Management certification. Beginning in 2019, NEPCon began certifying DLLT compliance with FSC standards. The current certificate, NC-FM/COC-002682 is used in supporting documents.

About the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not for profit, non-government organization esta­blished to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world‘s forests.

About NEPCon
NEPCon us a non-profit organization that supports better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature and the climate. They foster solutions for safeguarding our natural resources and tackling climate change.

Annual Forest Management Audit
In order to maintain FSC certification, DLLT is audited annually, including review of records and documentation, and field inspection of timber harvests. The Downeast Lakes FSC Audit Summary Reports are available for public review both here and through the FSC website.

Certified Forest Products
As a FSC-certified Forest Management Company, DLLT can market our forest products as FSC certified. This can provide financial and marketing advantages. It can also be important to FSC certified companies in Maine’s forest products industry that seek certified raw materials from Maine timberland. Consumers can seek FSC-certified products in the marketplace.