August 8, 2022

Fires at Pleasant Mountain & Bald Pate

These are the posts we don't like to make, but we've reached the point where we need your help. This summer we have seen fire activity at Bald Pate Mountain and Pleasant Mountain, along with evidence of overnight use. At Bald Pate, live trees and branches have been cut, and fires have been made on multiple occasions. At Pleasant Mountain, mounds of toilet paper and other trash were left at the summit in addition to evidence of fire. Fires & camping are not allowed at any LELT property as indicated on our website and use guideline signs at our properties.

The evidence of fire is concerning for a number of reasons. We are in drought conditions here in the Lake Region, and the potential for wildfires is high. A wildfire near or on our trails threatens public access, fellow trail users, wildlife, neighbors, and puts a burden on our local first responders. When our staff and volunteers have to spend time cleaning up after folks on our trails, it takes resources away from other important projects.

Please talk to your kids, your neighbors, and fellow trail users about respecting the land & trails by following landowner rules and leave no trace principles. Hold each other accountable. It takes everyone who cares about these important open spaces to keep them that way - open to all & safe for everyone to enjoy today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

If you know anything about who may have been responsible for this activity, or see anything of concern at a LELT property, please contact us at info@lelt.org or call 207-647-4352. Thank you.

Maine Forest Ranger contact info: https://www.maine.gov/.../mfs/forest_protection/offices.html

Leave No Trace principles: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

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