GPMCT worked with Lucerne-in-Maine Village in spring 2005 to place permanent conservation easements on village-owned properties on and near Phillips Lake – at the headwaters of the Orland River and Union River Watersheds. These easements protect Sunset Ledge, six islands in Phillips Lake and a wooded 10-acre strip of land between the Maine Central Railroad tracks and the Lucerne Golf Club.
The Sunset Ledge parcel protects about 17 acres of forested upland and open ledge at 840 ft. with spectacular views of Phillips Lake, Mud Pond and Second Pond. An easy trail leads from a parking lot at the end of Sunset Road.
GPMCT’s easement protects six islands at the south end of Phillips Lake, ranging from less than one acre to four acres in size: Shelter, Patmos, Treasure, Fortune, Moccasin and Mystery islands. These undeveloped islands are forested and rocky; day use only, no camping or open fires. Islands can be explored via the public boat launch at the end of Poplar Road.