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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A Weekend Built For Birdwatching

February 14th, 2017

This weekend (February 17 – 20), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society are holding the annual “Great Backyard Bird Count.”  Launched in 1998, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.  Participants from all …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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Support DLLT This Thanksgiving Weekend (And Beyond!)

November 22nd, 2016

It’s here! Time for a plate full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, the works…  Likely followed by a long walk at your favorite local conservation land (or a nap!).  While many people will be watching football or heading into the woods, others will spend their holiday weekend shopping from the comfort of their own home. …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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White-tailed Deer Management in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest

November 4th, 2016

November in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest (DLCF) can mean only one thing: It’s deer hunting season.  Since its inception, Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) has focused on land management practices that improve deer habitat.  Perhaps one of the most culturally significant species in the Downeast Lakes region, white-tailed deer population declines in the last …Read More


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The Finite Carbon-Lyme Grand Lake Stream Improved Forest Management Project

October 12th, 2016

  The Finite Carbon – Lyme Grand Lake Stream Improved Forest Management Project Provides Benefits from Maine to California Improved forest management practices provide benefits to the local ecosystem, community, and economy while supporting California’s cap-and-trade program Grand Lake Stream, Maine – Named after the stream that flows through the town, the Grand Lake Stream …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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