Forests and Lakes – For People – Forever ®


November 28, 2023

On this #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join our conservation efforts!

In 2023, we continued and completed many initiatives vital to our mission and future of the community forest:

  • Installation of a trailered boat launch on Horseshoe Lake, fulfilling one of our commitments to the Lakeville community, is over half-finished and will be completed early summer 2024.
  • Annual trail and campsite cleanups, over 6 miles of road brushing, and road grading, plus more picnic tables and privies were built and placed with the help of our generous volunteers to keep the forest and waters accessible for visitors.
  • Two new designated helipad sites were established with LifeFlight of Maine, bringing essential critical care and medical transport services to the Downeast Lakes region.
  • Eight educational signs were placed along the Musquash Esker Trail. This is DLLT’s only universal access trail, but whatever your physical capacities, this 1.4 mile trail should surely be on your bucket list!
  • The Big Sand Beach campaign is scheduled to wrap up early in 2024. This 17+ acre parcel at the southern end of Sysladobsis Lake boasts 1,500 ft of sandy shoreline.
  • Variable-leaf water-milfoil removal from Big Lake amounted to 622.1 acres cleared with 27,682 gallons of the invasive plant pulled.
  • Volunteer hours continue to climb! Not counting the hard work of our directors and committee members, DLLT has been grateful to have 68 additional volunteers who have donated 849 hours toward projects in 2023, expressing their enthusiasm for our mission.
  • The Trust has a NEW headquarters address at 137 Milford Road. After years of planning and preparations, the office moved into its forever home on October 23rd.

To address these needs for our community and its forest, we need your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to DLLT to further the economic and environmental well-being of our region. Donations can be directed to a specific purpose of your choice: Greatest Need, Recreation, Education, Big Sand Beach, Milfoil, or Headquarters.

Donating is easy! Use the green “DONATE” button at the top right-hand side of our website!

Your support makes everything we do possible to keep Forests and Lakes, For People, Forever!®