Northwestern Hancock County – including the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Verona Island, Dedham, Lucerne and beyond – is blessed with dozens of clear lakes and ponds, rocky coastline, deep forests, rich wetlands, bald mountain summits and cascading brooks. Despite the rapid development of Maine’s coast, this area still harbors abundant wildlife, from black bears to native brook trout, as well as some of Hancock County’s best farmland. Incredible views and four-season recreational opportunities abound. The Wildlands, our 4500-acre preserve, is in Orland, and our offices are at 155 Main Street, Bucksport.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is a charitable nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to conserve land, water and wildlife habitat for the communities of northwestern Hancock County. Our goal is to protect our legacy of:
The original vision of the founders was to conserve for future generations the vast, undeveloped area on and around Orland’s beloved Great Pond Mountain. Our acquisition of the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in June, 2005 was a major step in that direction.
GPMCT also currently owns the Old Chapman Farm in Bucksport and holds conservation easements on significant properties in Orland and Dedham (Lucerne).
Besides conserving land via purchase and conservation easement, GPMCT works with local partners to sponsor year-round educational and recreational events on the Wildlands property and at other area locations. Events range from lectures to hikes, trail work days, our annual Christmas Greens Gathering and more.
GPMCT is governed by a 9-15 member volunteer board of directors, and has a staff including an executive director, land steward, education coordinator and membership coordinator. A membership organization, GPMCT has 100+ active volunteers and ~450 members from all over the US. Many are residents of northwest Hancock County and nearby towns including Castine, Ellsworth, Belfast and Bangor. They include year-round local and summer residents who care about quality of life, special places and recreational traditions in this special part of Maine.