Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by local residents in Grand Lake Stream, Maine.

Our Mission

We contribute to the long-term economic and environmental well-being of the Downeast Lakes region through the conservation and exemplary management of its forests and waters.

Our Home

The Downeast Lakes region is the inland portion of the eastern corner of Maine. Our fisheries, including native landlocked salmon and brook trout, as well as smallmouth bass, are world-renowned. The area is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, and at least 180 species of birds. The economy is highly dependent upon natural resources, which provide livelihoods for local craftsmen, guides, sporting camp owners and employees, and forest industry workers. The village of Grand Lake Stream is in the heart of the region, and has long been a destination for outdoor recreation.

Our Vision

In 2001, Downeast Lakes Land Trust laid out our strategy for the future – a bold vision to protect extraordinary natural resources and a way of life.  It is our vision for the future that Grand Lake Stream and the Downeast Lakes Region will be widely known for spectacular lakes and streams, productive forests, outstanding recreation opportunities, and welcoming communities that attract visitors and residents of all ages.

Many supporters and partners have helped us succeed in protecting 370,000 acres of the forests, wildlife habitats, watersheds, and lakeshores that will sustain the region’s future.  These acres are at the core of the U.S. portion of a nearly 1.4 million acre international wildlife corridor between Maine and New Brunswick.

DLLT sustainably manages the 55,578-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest for wildlife habitat, sustainable forest products, and public recreation. DLLT provides guides and sporting camps an environment that supports their continued success, contributing to the preservation of the heritage and culture of Grand Lake Stream.

Completing The Vision

We have recently completed our current campaign and have purchased the West Grand Lake Community Forest, a key 21,870 acre parcel that is directly adjacent to the Farm Cove Community Forest.  The two community forests have been combined to form the Downeast Lakes Community Forest – 55,678 acres of land surrounding the historic village of Grand Lake Stream!  Success of this project is essential to delivering our vision for the future economic and environmental well-being of the region. It includes 17 miles of undeveloped shoreline on West Grand, Lower Oxbrook, and Big lakes. Under local stewardship, these lands will continue to be a source of sustainable forest products and public recreation, and will provide valuable forest and wetland wildlife habitats.

Forests and Lakes – For People – Forever

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We also hope you’ll visit us in Grand Lake Stream. We can be reached at 4 Water St., Grand Lake Stream, Maine 04668 (located directly across from the famous Pine Tree Store), (207) 796-2100, or info@downeastlakes.org.