SEBAGO, Maine — The Open Space Institute (OSI), The Trust for Public Land, and Loon Echo Land Trust today announced the successful creation of Maine’s newest community forest, Tiger Hill Community Forest. Protection of the land for the project will safeguard habitat for wildlife and will help preserve Sebago Lake — the water supply for one in six Mainers.
In the community forest model, local citizens participate in the planning and management of forests. In this tradition, the 1,400-acre Tiger Hill Community Forest will serve as a new town commons for local residents. The project is also a cornerstone of Sebago Clean Waters (SCW), a collaborative effort to protect the pristine waters of this forested watershed.
The project partners protected the land with support from OSI’s Community Forest Fund and Resilient Landscapes Initiative. In addition to its critical role in watershed protection, the land is highly “climate-resilient” — meaning that it will continue to harbor wildlife, even in an uncertain climate.
“This project is a thrilling victory in the effort to protect the life-giving Sebago Lake, and the places that will continue to provide a haven for animals and plants, even as the climate changes,” said Jennifer Melville, OSI’s Vice President for Conservation Grants. “We applaud the efforts of Sebago Clean Waters, The Trust for Public Land, and Loon Echo Land Trust in bringing this effort to fruition.”