Raymond Community Forest
The Raymond Community Forest is a 356 acre permanently conserved tract of land in Raymond, ME. It offers long-term multiple benefits to our community and the region. These benefits include protection of the quality of Raymond’s waterways and wildlife. Also, it has exceptional views to and from Pismire Mountain. Recreational development includes a parking area on Conesca Road; hiking trails leading to the cliffs of Pismire Mountain and low-impact multi-use trails in the lower forest. Uses in the lower forest include walking, hiking, cross country skiing/snowshoeing and mountain biking. It also offers continuation of traditional uses such as hunting. The property has had a long tradition of sustainable forest management. Forestry will continue providing necessary income to support the management of the land and trails into the future.
The 2007 Raymond Open Space Plan identified Pismire Mountain as a special place. The land conservation project was first proposed by the Raymond Conservation Commission and Loon Echo Land Trust in 2012. Results from the 2014 town-wide Raymond Community Survey indicated strong support for preserving open space, natural resources and lakes over the next 10 years. The property was acquired by Loon Echo in 2016.
The Forest has educational signs on the lower tails and provides a year round resource for all.
For more information on the Loon Echo Land Trust visit their website.