Loon Echo Land Trust is working towards protecting the lands in the northern Sebago lake region. They have protected more than 3,151 acres of land, including 13 conservation easements and 5 preserves. Based in Bridgton, Maine, Loon Echo Land Trust serves the towns of Raymond, Casco, Naples, Harrison, Sebago, Bridgton and Denmark, Maine.
In recent years Loon Echo Land Trust’s Stewardship Coordinator,
Carrie Walia, has been working with the AMC Trails Director, Andrew Norkin on Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, ME. In the 2007 season Loon Echo was successful in obtaining a grant to help fund 6 weeks of AMC’s paid Trail Crew staff, as well as 2 weeks of AMC Volunteer Trail Crews.
On July 11, Carrie Walia brought out Andrew Norkin, Mariah Keagy (AMC White Mountain Trails Supervisor), Alex DeLucia (Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor), and Ali Kosiba (Trails Volunteer Projects Coordinator) to Pleasant Mountain to look at potential Volunteer trail Crew projects and visit with the AMC Trail Crew working on site.
We started up the Ledges trail on a hot and sticky morning. Sweating instantly, and slightly discouraged by the lack of views, we worked our way up to the summit of Pleasant Mountain. Along the way we stopped and visited with the AMC Trail Crew working on constructing rock staircases and rock waterbars on poorly drained and eroded sections of trail. We pushed on to the summit area to find that we were still socked in, but happened upon wood lilies growing wild on the summit.
As we headed down the MacKay Pasture Trail (Southwest Ridge Trail) we began to identify project potential for week long Volunteer Trail Crews. We agreed that the best use of our trails volunteers was to install rock waterbars and some sections of rock staircases in areas where the erosion was beginning, but not too terrible yet. We wrapped up our day working out logistics of camping, water sources, tools, etc.
Pleasant Mountain is a unique mountain well worth a visit. If you happen to make the trip over there look for our AMC Trail Crew or our Volunteer Crews working out on the trails. For more information about Loon Echo Land Trust, click here
, or the trails on Pleasant Mountain, click here
See you on the trails!