The Future Is Now

As demand for Maine land grows, there’s increasing urgency to secure continued access for recreation and commerce; to preserve open, shared community spaces; and to ensure sustainable revenue streams for both local and state economies. Support Land for Maine’s Future today.

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In 1987, Maine voters overwhelmingly approved a bond to purchase lands of significance for recreation and conservation. For over 30 years, LMF has successfully crossed ideologies, party lines and motivations to represent and protect the essence of Maine — yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Access

Public land access is the essence of Maine. LMF supports that legacy, securing perpetual land access statewide for recreation, farming, fishing and forestry.

Community

Maine communities rely on public land as a means to explore, to engage, to reset, and to survive. LMF exists because some places matter enough to preserve – for generations to come.

Economy

From acquisitions and easements to cooperative ventures, LMF projects are economic engines that produce measurable returns – with long-term benefits to the people of Maine.

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Passport to Maine’s Outdoors

Thanks to the LMF program, a network of land trusts, and our proud conservation traditions, Maine has hundreds of outdoor places for all of us to treasure and share. This year, invite your friends and family to discover some of the state’s most beautiful outdoor destinations, including thirty-six featured on the Passport to Maine’s Outdoors. LMF Coalition is partnering with the Maine Land Trust Network and L.L. Bean to sponsor this passport. Plan your next outdoor adventure today!

Passport to Maine’s Outdoors

LMF works for ME

Since 1987, the LMF program has helped to protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine. Most of these special places are open for visitors — offering access to great activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and even ATV riding. Best of all, LMF’s work has been funded by the people of Maine for the past 30 years — which means LMF properties belong to all of us — forever.

Over 150 projects have been funded to date from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Here are just a few:

Higgins Beach

Pigeon Hill Preserve

Knight’s Pond

Rangeley River

Crooked River Forests

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program. It was 1987 when Maine voters first approved a $35 million bond to purchase lands of state significance for recreation and conservation. The goal of the program remains the same now as it did then: To secure public access for recreation, to conserve our most important habitats, to preserve Maine’s farming traditions and to protect the natural infrastructure vital to both our sense of place and our economic future.

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