Thank you to all Downeast Lakes Land Trust supporters for their dedication and hard work in conserving the Downeast Lakes region. The official acquisition was completed on July 1, 2016. To read more, click here!
Imagine the thriving village of Grand Lake Stream surrounded by protected lakes and nearly 56,000 acres of community forest supporting public recreation, fish and wildlife, and sustainable forestry. The West Grand Lake Community Forest adds to the existing 34,000-acre Farm Cove Community Forest to create the Downeast Lakes Community Forest, bringing local stewardship and exemplary forest management to a property that is essential to the future of Grand Lake Stream and the Downeast Lakes region. This is an extraordinary example of local leadership and natural resource stewardship that has attracted national attention.
Citizens of Grand Lake Stream unanimously supported this vision with a $40,000 contribution. At the national level, this project was the #1 forest conservation priority, selected through a rigorous competitive process by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program for 2011. On December 18, 2012, Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry announced the Department’s purchase of a conservation easement on 22,000 acres in Grand Lake Stream from The Lyme Timber Company.
“We have always made our living from the forests, lakes and streams that surround our village. People return to Grand Lake Stream year after year because of our unspoiled lakes, our famous landlocked salmon and bass fishing, the wildlife in our forests, and the friendships they make in our community. This project is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to Grand Lake Stream.” – Louis Cataldo, First Selectman, Grand Lake Stream