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Volunteer Opportunities

Have you always wanted to help your community and the environment, but not sure what to do? Become a volunteer with Downeast Lakes Land Trust to participate in trail maintenance, forest cleanups, community events, or to lead your own education program. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out this simple form – DLLT Volunteer Form  For all general volunteer inquiries, please email volunteer@downeastlakes.org.

Big Lake Milfoil Coalition

The Big Lake Milfoil Coalition is a group of businesses and organizations working hard to combat the spread of invasive milfoil in Big lake. Volunteers are needed to become Lake Stewards and Courtesy Boat Inspectors, and stop the further spread of invasive aquatic plants. For more information on becoming a steward please visit: Lake Stewards of Maine – Invasive Plant Monitors

Adopt A Site

Do you have a favorite hiking trail, campsite, or geocache location in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest? Adopt one of these sites to check in on a few times a year. Adoptees will be responsible for picking up trash and recording any maintenance needs.  Contact Sarah Cote to adopt!

Loon Surveying

Beginning in 2022, DLLT is working with Biodiversity Research Institute on a multi-year project to help protect common loons and improve loon nesting habitat in the Downeast Lakes region.  We have numerous volunteer needs for this exciting project, including nest building, lake surveying, and nest monitoring.  To find out how you can help, please contact Sarah Cote.

Upcoming DLLT Volunteer Events

Summer 2022: Weekly Trail Work Days!

Are you looking to get outside this summer?  Want to have an impact in your local community forest?  DLLT is hosting Volunteer Trail Work Days, every Friday throughout the summer! These volunteer days are a great way to meet new people, stay physically fit, and contribute to recreational opportunities in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Beginning on Friday, June 17th, interested helpers will meet at the DLLT office in Grand Lake Stream (across from the Pine Tree Store) each Friday, and work from 9 am – 12 pm.  Come dressed for the weather, and bring water.  There is no need to pre-register, but if you have any questions, please email Susan Bard at sbard@downeastlakes.org.

June 17 – Storybook Trail – Build bog bridging, remove unused wood, replace stories, re-reroute the trail, adjust blazing.

June 24 – Bridges, Benches, & Signage – Build and place benches that will be used at the Musquash Esker Trail, Horseshoe Lake Trail, and Pocumcus Lake Trail. Build bog bridging at Dawn Marie Beach Path, and deploy additional trail and road signs.

July 1 – Privies – Dig privy holes for Stone Dam and Princeton Island campsites, finish privy construction, and paint privies.

July 8 – Pineo Peaks, with the Maine Conservation Corps – Help finish clearing the southern section of Pineo Peaks Trail; bench cutting & blazing. Hike the finished northern section of trail.

July 15 – Campsites on West Grand – Boat to water-accessed sites, level for tenting, rake fire rings, remove any trash, clear brush, replace old signage.

July 22 – Campsites on West Grand – Boat to water-accessed sites, level for tenting, rake fire rings, remove any trash, clear brush, replace old signage.

July 29 – Musquash Esker Trail – Work will include hauling and spreading underlayment and crusher dust at a rest and bench site. Bring work gloves, mattocks, and rock rakes if you have them.

August 5 – Lakeville – Create and blaze a short hiking trail to a future campsite on Sysladobsis Lake. Meet at 9 am in Lakeville at the intersection of East Shore Rd. and Depot Rd.

Citizen Science Opportunities

  • American woodcock and ruffed grouse breeding surveys
  • Vernal pool surveys
  • Invasive aquatic monitoring surveys
  • Loon monitoring

To learn more about these exciting opportunities and register to help, please email Sarah Cote, or call DLLT at (207) 796-2100.