Androscoggin Land Trust permanently conserves land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Maine through 19 towns in the Androscoggin River watershed from Jay to Lisbon Falls.
For information about lands we’re protected, click on a town to see a list of our conservation projects. Please note that while all of our preserves are open to the public, only those that have been determined to be well suited to broad public visitation and which have established trail systems include a Preserve Guide and a trail map in a downloadable PDF format (opens in Adobe Reader).
As of today, Androscoggin Land Trust has protected:
- Approximately 7,850 acres of land conserved including:
- 14 Preserves,containing 34 parcels, totaling over 1950 acres
- 27 Properties with Conservation Easements, totaling over 2900 acres
- 3000 acres through projects assisted by ALT.
We accomplish our work by:
- Working proactively and cooperatively with land owners to establish a system of conservation lands that feature:
- habitat supporting biological diversity;
- water resources, including rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, and the bay;
- farms and forests managed for sustained productivity; and
- scenic landscapes essential to our sense of place.
- Sustaining the natural and historic values or our conservation lands through a strong stewardship program based on monitoring, management, restoration, and enforcement.
- Providing opportunities for the public to access and explore natural places.
- Promoting public awareness for and support for land conservation through a broad outreach effort.
- Collaborating with towns, agencies, and other organizations to protect resources that meet exceptional needs in the communities we serve.
- Engaging volunteers to help implement our conservation work.
What are the benefits of conservation?
- Protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity
- Securing public recreation space and healthy outdoor opportunities
- Supporting local farming and community garden initiatives
- Engaging youth in activities that foster exploration and appreciation of natural and open spaces
- Enhancing the region’s desirability as a place to live, work and visit
- Conserving water resource areas and clean drinking water
- Saving money for municipalities and taxpayers
- Supporting economic opportunities for new Mainers
- Providing land and water access for fishing, hunting, and other traditional uses
- Protecting in perpetuity local lands that give our region its character and beauty