Loon Echo Land Trust, which purchased Tiger Hill Community Forest at Sebago in 2019, recently acquired 22 more acres. Contributed / Allagash Brewing Company

Visitors to Tiger Hill Community Forest will now have 22 more acres of forest and wetland to enjoy.

The new acquisition by Loon Echo Land Trust will bring the Sebago forest to a total of 1,451 acres. The latest acquisition will expand access, including a parking area and a hand-carry boat launch at Northwest River, according to a press release from LELT.

“We were so glad to work with the sellers, whose family had cared for the property for generations, to help them achieve their goals of permanently conserving the land and making it available to the public for low-impact recreation,” Executive Director Matt Markot said.

The conservation of Tiger Hill Community Forest is part of Sebago Clean Waters, a collaborative effort between the Portland Water District, LELT and seven other conservation organizations to protect Sebago Lake’s water quality and the health of its fish and wildlife. LELT acquired ownership of Tiger Hill Community Forest in 2019 and stewards the land according to a community-drafted management plan.

The latest expansion was funded by a number of stakeholders, including the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Portland Water District, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Sebago Clean Waters Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation. For more information on Tiger Hill Community Forest and LELT, visit loonecholandtrust.org/tigerhill.

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