Winter Survival in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest

February 22nd, 2017

In Northern New England, winter can be a harsh and unforgiving season.  With a passion for winter sports and outdoor recreation deeply rooted in the traditional culture of Downeast Maine, being well-informed and educated about winter safety and survival techniques is of the utmost importance.  The earlier one learns these critical skills, the better. On …Read More


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The Winter Wonders Of Grand Lake Stream

January 10th, 2017

When people speak of Grand Lake Stream, they often gush about the amazing fly fishing, wide-open lakes, early-morning sunrises up to camp, July’s Folk Art Festival, or storied hunting trips.  While summer and fall are magical seasons, the Downeast Lakes region’s best kept secret is winter. The transformation of the village from the drab browns …Read More


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DEER Program Explores The Community Forest

December 20th, 2016

This school year, Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is offering a new educational program for local students in the Downeast Lakes region.  DownEast Environmental Researchers (DEER, for short) is a year-long, experiential program that brings students to four different locations in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest to conduct ecological studies and raise awareness of the …Read More


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Supporting Citizen Science – The Christmas Bird Count

December 13th, 2016

What is citizen science? Loosely defined as “the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public,” citizen science can be a very useful tool.  While scientists are not able to be in numerous places all at once, crowd sourcing scientific data from the general public has proven …Read More


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Tipping in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest

November 18th, 2016

While it may not feel like the start of winter with the unseasonably warm weather, wreath making season is upon us!  Washington County is home to dense stands of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), the fragrant evergreen used to make wreaths, sprays, and other holiday decorations.  Maine ships balsam wreaths all over the world and tipping …Read More


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New Trail Opens In The Downeast Lakes Community Forest

October 5th, 2016

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust recently celebrated the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a group hike along a newly-created trail in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  A group from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) built the trail this summer, along with clearing brush on other DLLT trails.  Beginning near the historic Grand Lake Stream fire …Read More


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Medicinal Plants In Grand Lake Stream

August 15th, 2016

Often times, those little “weeds” in your dooryard get overlooked or shunned.  Mowed over during the summer heat or furiously pulled out to make way for an impeccable lawn, many of these hardy plants actually provide numerous benefits to human health.  When properly identified, there are endless ways to make use of these powerful plants. …Read More


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Weekend of Outdoor Racing

July 26th, 2016

During the dogs days of mid-August, the picturesque village of Grand Lake Stream plays host to two outdoor races that showcases the Community Forest.  The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is thrilled to offer this exciting weekend for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities.  Come and discover the beauty of the Downeast Lakes region! On Saturday, August 13th, DLLT …Read More


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Weekly Children’s Programs Kickstart Summer

July 7th, 2016

Every summer, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) hosts weekly education programs for children, highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Downeast Lakes region.  Each Tuesday morning from 9:30 – Noon, “Explorations and Adventures” meets at the Grand Lake Stream School Building for exciting, hands-on lessons for ages 6 – 10.  For more advanced …Read More


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Local School Nature Clubs Make Their Mark

June 9th, 2016

With the month of June in full swing, local schools in the Downeast Lakes region and across the country will give their bells a final ring until the month of September.  Soon, fishing lines will be tossed into the ponds, bike tires will hit the pavement, and splashing laughter will be heard at many local …Read More


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