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Today you have the opportunity to protect a special forest and mountain right in our own back yard. The 350 acre “Raymond Community Forest” property is located on Conesca Road in North Raymond, spanning from Crescent Lake to Pismire Mountain.

 

     

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Loon Echo Land Trust, with support from the Raymond Conservation Commission, Crescent Lake Watershed Association, Panther Pond Association, Raymond Pond Association, and Raymond Protective Waterways Association, is proposing the permanent protection of this land. Loon Echo has a purchase agreement with Hancock Land Company that expires year-end 2015. Over 3/4 of the $680,000 project budget has been committed by the town, grant makers, foundations and local residents. Donations are encouraged and can be made through Loon Echo Land Trust’s website (scroll to the bottom of the page).

 

 

Once conserved, the land will continue to offer water quality and wildlife habitat protection as well as new recreational and scenic viewing opportunities. Recreational planning is underway by a group of local residents. Preliminary plans include establishing a parking area on Conesca Road; hiking trails leading to the cliffs of Pismire Mountain; low-impact multi-use trails in the lower forest; and continuation of traditional hunting. Sustainable forest management will provide necessary income to support the management of the land and trails into the future.

 

Loon Echo and the Raymond Conservation Commission first presented the concept of the Raymond Community Forest Project to the Raymond Board of Selectmen on August 14, 2012. The presentation described the Raymond Conservation Commission’s interest in the property since 2007 and recent communications with Loon Echo and Hancock Land Company to advance a potential community forest project.

 

Once the land is purchased, Raymond town residents will be asked if they wish to own the land as a public forest with a conservation easement held by the Trust. If not, Loon Echo is prepared to protect and manage the forest and its natural beauty for all to enjoy.

 

Community Benefits Include:

  • Long-term protection of the quality of Crescent Lake and waters downstream to Panther Pond and Sebago Lake;
  • Development of a new public trail network;
  • Exceptional scenic viewing to and from Pismire Mountain;
  • Preservation of our quality of life and rural character;
  • Protection of a large forest that will bring long-term financial returns from future forest management to support the management of the land and trails.
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For more information contact John Rand, the Raymond Conservation Commission chair and Raymond Community Forest Steering Committee chair, or Loon Echo Land Trust.
 

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