The Greater Lovell Land Trust Long Range Plan
Formed in 1985, the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) is a private, non-profit organization composed of concerned residents and local officials committed to the protection of the Kezar Lake and adjacent watersheds and located in the western Maine towns of Lovell, Stow and Stoneham.
The purpose of the Greater Lovell Land Trust, defined in our Mission Statement, is “To protect the ecosystems of the Kezar Lake, Kezar River, and Cold River watersheds, in perpetuity, for the benefit of this region’s natural and human communities.”
To this end we focus our efforts in three key areas: land conservation by promoting good stewardship practices and encouraging permanent protection, environmental education to foster understanding and appreciation for the natural world that sustains us all, and collaboration and strong partnerships with local governments, businesses and like organizations to advocate for sound public policy and to take action together to prevent detrimental impacts to our human and natural communities.
1. Land Conservation
The Greater Lovell Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and protection of the Kezar Lake and adjacent watersheds through seeking, holding and monitoring conservation easements and also by acquiring land ownership as necessary. The increasing danger for higher density development, prompted in part by increased tax burdens and intergenerational land transfers, requires us to proactively identify and seek protection for lands identified as strategically important through easement, ownership and partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations. To that end, we will identify appropriate land parcels, reach out to owners, and explore strengthened relationships with conservation-minded developers to create protection-minded strategies. To facilitate this process, the GLLT works to stay informed of the most innovative approaches to land conservation available.
With the guiding philosophy of the land itself dictating its optimum usage, the GLLT is dedicated to the effective stewardship of the properties in which it has an interest through careful monitoring and usage plans. This means the actual monitoring of easements and the development of appropriate uses of owned land. It also means the finalization of its stewardship policies and practices.
The GLLT will develop appropriate programs to educate and inform the public about its vision and mission, the resources of the land in the Kezar Lake region, and other relevant educational activities. These may include tours, walks, nature studies, lectures and other appropriate vehicles.
The GLLT will also utilize the appropriate media to convey its message, such as a newsletter, website, or articles in local and regional newspapers.
3. Organizational Capability
The GLLT must ensure that it has the right resources in the right place at the right time to ensure the success of our mission.
This means reaching out to year round and seasonal residents of the Kezar Lake and adjacent watersheds, encouraging their participation in our goals and establishing the baseline resources needed to complete our work.
This means seeking significant growth in endowment and capital resources through a capital campaign which appeals to foundations for major funding.
This means identifying and developing the future leadership of the GLLT, planning for and implementing an orderly succession.
This means renting space and hiring a full time, paid Executive Director to create a permanent presence that drives the goals and objectives of the organization.
This may also envision a network of donors who may be called upon on an as-needed basis to fund future land acquisition and land stewardship needs. This may mean seeking the development of a 501(c)(4) general partnership with limited partners for future land acquisition.
The GLLT will actively pursue positive relationships with the town governments of Lovell, Stoneham and Stow through strong communication of its goals and by identifying areas of mutual agreement and understanding in order to foster the advancement of its conservation mission.
The GLLT will actively pursue the strengthening of our relationship with year round and seasonal residents of the towns in the Kezar Lake and adjacnet watersheds.
The GLLT will actively seek synergies with the Kezar Lake Watershed Association, looking toward strengthening cooperation and to future consolidation of resources into one powerful voice dedicated to maintaining the quality of the Kezar Lake resource.
The GLLT will actively seek synergies with other Land Trusts in the broader region of the Western Maine Mountains and the Saco River Valley in order to foster the advancement of its conservation goals.
The GLLT will continue to contribute its resources and leadership to the Maine Land Trust Network and work for the good of conservation throughout the state.