Conservation Spotlight: Downeast Lakes Land Trust


We get really excited when Conservation Alliance grants funds to organizations here in the Northeast. We’re even more psyched when the goals those organizations have and the hard work their dedicated staff and volunteers put in are finally realized. Today we’re congratulating Downeast Lakes Land Trust and everyone involved at making their 21,870 acre project a success! Please enjoy the following update, excerpted from a Conservation Alliance press release:


Conservation Alliance Grantees Deliver Three Big Victories

Bend, Ore., January 17, 2013 – At the turn of the new year, Conservation Alliance grantees delivered three major victories that protected more than 12 million acres of land in Alaska, British Columbia, and Maine. With these successes, Conservation Alliance funding has helped save 41 million acres since 1989.

(Blogger’s note: to read more about the Alaska and British Columbia projects, click here.) 

21,870 Acres in Maine
On December 18, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the State of Maine announced the purchase of a conservation easement on the 21,870-acres West Grand Lake Forest. The property wraps around the village of Grand Lake Stream, and is adjacent to other conservation lands, including the land trust’s 33,708-acre Farm Cove Community Forest. These lands are in a broader landscape of nearly 1.4 million contiguous acres of public and private conservation lands extending across the border into New Brunswick, Canada. The West Grand Lake Forest conservation easement includes 17 miles of shoreline on three different lakes. This easement purchase extends the option agreement between the land trust and Lyme Timber Company through 2015, providing the time needed to raise the additional funds required to purchase the property outright.

“We are proud to be a part of these impressive, grassroots conservation victories,” said Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling. “Our members have proven, once again, their ability to identify and fund effective organizations that get the job done.”

The Conservation Alliance plans to contribute $1.5 million in grants in 2013, up from $1.3 million in 2012.

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $11 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 41 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,700 miles of rivers; stop or remove 25 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see”

Beth Marchand

Beth's love of skiing and summer camp led her to a career in the outdoors. After spending 13 summers at Girl Scout camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, obtaining degrees in wildlife & environmental education, and working 4 years with NH Project Learning Tree, Beth joined Eastern Mountain Sports. As marketing manager, she handles media & advertising, events & sponsorships, new store openings, conservation projects, and more. On the weekends, Beth and her husband, daughter, and dog can be found roaming the mountains, waters, and woods of Northern New England.