Upcoming Events

Maine’s economy depends on clean water. Our lakes generate at least $3.5 billion in economic activity annually and help sustain 52,000 jobs. More than 650,000 Mainers depend on clean lakes for their drinking water. However, Maine’s lakes face several challenges such as pollution, nutrient loading, and invasive species.

Can we adequately protect our lakes without taking a new and hard look at our laws, ordinances, and voluntary behavior? Are there specific steps that should be taken to update policies? We want to hear from you!

Please attend a regional roundtable in your area to help protect the lakes you care about! There are three events coming up in April and May:

Thursday, April 26th at Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 3rd at Maine Lakes Resource Center, 7 Lakes Alliance, 137 Main Street, Belgrade Lakes from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Thursday, May 10th at Lakes Environmental Association, 51 Willett Road, Bridgton from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

If possible, please register by emailing Peter Lowell at peter@leamaine.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

A planning team of Maine environmental organizations, including 7 Lakes Alliance, has laid the groundwork for discussing these important questions, but we want to hear from you! Please join us to discuss the health of your local lakes and what we can do to protect them now and into the future. Thank you.

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Stakeholder Notification/Public Comment

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation and seeking public comment. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance seeks accreditation to ensure that its practices meet or exceed the nationally recognized best practices.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance’s application will be most useful by May 20th.