Welcome to Bangor Land Trust
Bangor Land Trust is a local non-profit organization that currently owns and conserves over 800 acres of land with public access in the Bangor area. Our mission is to protect for public benefit land and water in the Bangor region that have special ecological, natural, scenic, agricultural, or recreational significance; and increase public understanding of the value of land and water conservation. Founded in 2001, BLT is a local non-profit organization supported by members and fundraising events.
In addition to our annual Pedal the Penobscot Road Ride, Bangor Land Trust hosts monthly community events on its preserves including a variety of nature walks and talks that are fun for the whole family.
Check our Calendar of Events on a regular basis as fluctuations occur. Sometimes events get added without too much lead time and other events are listed but don't have all the details. As an event date approaches you'll find more complete details and you'll often find interesting information in the Kids' Corner section of our site - for kids of all ages.
Bangor’s Wild Back Yard
Bangor Land Trust has conserved over 800 acres in Bangor, much of it contiguous with the Bangor City Forest. Our preserves contain more than 10 miles of trails (we have yet to manage a complete mapping and measuring!). In addition, Bangor Land Trust has partnered with our neighboring Orono Land Trust to conserve substantial portions (now around 8,000 acres) of the Caribou-Bog-Penjajawoc Corridor – an 18,000 focus area stretching from Essex Woods in Bangor to Hudson. This is a special area because of large stretches of land that is not broken up by roads, and is therefore more attractive to wildlife. Bears, for example, need a space of about 4,000-6,000 acres to feel at home. The Caribou Bog-Penjajawoc Corridor connects with large unbroken habitat areas to the north, making a very large area for wildlife to roam.
All of this makes an extraordinary opportunity for Bangor area residents to welcome and observe our animal neighbors. Snow, of course, captures footprints. Though it’s not always easy to figure out whose footprints they are!
If you have photographs of interesting tracks, animals, or plants – or anything else – from our preserves, please send them to us and we’ll share them here. For a look at some of the tracks you may encounter, go to http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/about/tracks.htm
Undeveloped Habitat Blocks
The map above shows developed land with white, agricultural lands are yellow, forested land is green and wetlands are blue.
The map to the right has a key in the bottom right corner showing darker shades of green for larger undeveloped habitat blocks . The city of Bangor is outlined in red.
Below is a map of conserved land in the corridor.