Our Mission: To build stronger and healthier communities through the conservation of wild and working landscapes.
Our Purpose: To maintain, support and enhance the working landscape of farms and forest and such valued natural resources as lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, historic sites, scenic places and wildlife habitat, in the inland municipalities of York County, Maine, by acquiring property in fee and conservation easements, and by garnering community support.
Our three rivers are the Little Ossipee, the Salmon Falls, and the Mousam River. Our service area envelops Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, Shapleigh and Sanford/Springvale. We work together with other conservation groups and towns to help spread our message. Conservation does not mean keeping people out, it means bringing people in – please join us.
Three Rivers Land Trust was founded in 2000 by a small group concerned about the sale of thousands of acres in the area that were subsequently developed into house lots. Acres and acres of prime farmland and working forests were lost to our communities forever. Since then Three Rivers has conserved around 2,210 acres of public and private land, and now owns an additional 469 acres.
What this means is that working farms and forests are protected from development so that they can continue to serve as an economic and ecological benefit to us, and the public has places for free outdoor recreation. Throughout the year, the trust holds public walks, kite flying days, and other events such as our Open Farm Day breakfast that celebrate our rural heritage, and bring awareness to such issues as local agriculture and working landscapes. We also work to help educate the public about the importance of keeping some land undeveloped for the well being of all by hosting speakers on subjects ranging from wildlife preservation to mushroom farming. For the last three summers, we have spent a morning with the Lebanon summer camp teaching kids about trees, wildlife, and aquatic macro-invertebrates.