L.L.Bean Conservation Partners
For 100 years, we at L.L.Bean have always been pleased to share our love for the outdoors with our customers. Today, our commitment to the environment is stronger than ever, and we encourage our customers to join us in our efforts.
L.L.Bean currently donates to the following nonprofit conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, listed alphabetically, below. We have a particular interest in supporting groups that engage young people in outdoor recreation, and model and encourage stewardship of our natural resources. To this end, L.L.Bean has contributed over $8 million in the last five years.
If you already assist one of the organizations below, we give our sincere thanks. We believe we are all stewards of this land – and every contribution helps to ensure our outdoor spaces will continue to thrive.
ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is a nonprofit membership organization that protects wild lands and waters through a balanced approach of conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation.
814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845
Web site: www.adk.org
ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE COMMISSION
Located in the heart of the Capital District Region, the Albany Pine Bush represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland Pine Barrens ecosystem in the world. This gently rolling sand plain is home to a unique diversity of animals and plants, including 20 rare species and two rare natural communities.
Thousands of people visit the Albany Pine Bush Preserve each year for outdoor recreation, research, nature study and respite. The preserve positively and significantly contributes to the quality of life in the municipalities it crosses. Its 3,010 acres of protected Pine Bush land are a cherished resource to local communities.
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission was created by the NYS legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the unique and endangered natural communities and species of the Albany Pine Bush for ecological, recreational and educational benefits.
195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Web site: www.albanypinebush.org
AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION
The American Canoe Association (ACA) is the oldest member-based paddlesport association in the United States, currently boasting a membership of nearly 50,000 paddlers. Since 1880 the ACA has been involved in the promotion of paddlesports, recreation, education and environmental stewardship. The Association is currently redoubling its efforts to support grassroots stewardship and conservation through club-based initiatives, waterway clean-ups, safety/access signage, water trails and access to waterways.
L.L.Bean has joined forces with ACA to create the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) program. The CFS program supports paddling clubs in their efforts to protect waterways and to promote volunteer waterway stewardship at the local level.
National Office, 108 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Web site: www.americancanoe.org
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
Since its founding in 1976, American Hiking Society (AHS) has been the only national voice for hikers – dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. AHS represents millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is an important and worthwhile legacy to leave for future generations.
L.L.Bean is pleased to support AHS by providing funding for the National Trails Fund. The Fund is the only national privately funded grants program for hiking trails. The Fund supports the grassroots efforts of trail clubs to build and maintain trails, secure trail lands and recruit volunteers and support.
1422 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Web site: www.AmericanHiking.org
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. With 100,000 members in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC offers thousands of outdoor activities through its 12 chapters from Maine to Washington, DC, along with mountain hospitality at its huts and lodges.
L.L.Bean has provided nearly $1.6 million in funding for AMC during the past 30 years. Since 1995, L.L.Bean has funded AMC’s ConservationWorks and Junior Naturalist programs. L.L.Bean also provided a substantial gift of furnishings and outdoor equipment for AMC’s Highland Center. Most recently, L.L.Bean supported AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative, a major conservation effort in the 100-Mile Wilderness region that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry and community partnerships. As part of the Initiative, the AMC owns and manages 37,000 acres of forestland and operates Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Cabins, traditional Maine sporting camps open to the public. A third sporting camp, the Lisa and Leon Gorman Camps at Chairback Mountain, was dedicated in 2008.
5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108
Web site: www.outdoors.org
APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the environmental protection and resource preservation of the 2,178.3-mile Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail (A.T.). For over 80 years, it has been the work of the ATC and various A.T. partners, clubs and volunteers to ensure that the biological resources and opportunities for backcountry experiences along the Trail endure for generations to come.
L.L.Bean sponsors the L.L.Bean Grants to Clubs program of the ATC with a $20,000 annual contribution. Since 1992, ATC volunteers have been provided funds for the purchase of tools, gates, bog bridge materials and safety equipment, and to conduct shelter repair and privy maintenance. L.L.Bean's gift is among the largest corporate contributions to the group and supports the grassroots efforts of thousands of local volunteers.
PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Web site: www.appalachiantrail.org
ATLANTIC SALMON FEDERATION
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is an international nonprofit organization that promotes the conservation and wise management of the Atlantic salmon and its natural habitat. The ASF has played a key role in restoring Atlantic salmon runs to the rivers of New England, eastern Canada and abroad since 1948. Working with government and industry, the ASF sustains education, restoration and research to help save salmon from overharvesting, pollution and habitat loss.
For more than 25 years, L.L.Bean has made annual contributions of thousands of dollars’ worth of L.L.Bean products for fundraising banquets to assist the organization in promoting restoration of the Atlantic salmon.
Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Suite 308, Brunswick, ME 04011
Web site: www.asf.ca
PO Box 5200
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BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) advocates bicycling safety, education and access. To enhance our communities, environment and economy, BCM also promotes bicycling for transportation, health and recreation.
L.L.Bean has supported BCM since its formation in 1992. L.L.Bean sponsors the Women’s Ride for Heart Health, the Maine Bike Rally, the Lobster Ride and Roll and the BikeMaine Event Calendar, and is a corporate member of BCM.
341 Water St., Augusta, ME 04332
Web site: www.bikemaine.org
COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1977, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is an organization of 17 state chapters with more than 100,000 members who have banded together to address conservation issues – nationally and within their respective states. Through education, legislation and restoration, members provide an ongoing effort to save the natural resources of coastal waters from depletion and destruction. CCA chapters partner with state wildlife and fishery agencies to develop programs and legislation that protect and enhance marine resources.
L.L.Bean has provided nearly $200,000 in cash and product donations to annual banquets in New England and the Chesapeake Bay area to afford CCA chapters the opportunity to monitor our precious marine resources.
6919 Portwest, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 800-201-FISH (800-201-3474)
Web site: www.joincca.org
DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC.
Since 1937, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., (DU) has functioned as a grassroots, volunteer-supported organization. The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to fulfill the annual life-cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring and managing crucial wetlands and associated uplands. With over a million supporters throughout North America and Europe, Ducks Unlimited has been successful in conserving over 12 million acres of habitat.
For decades, L.L.Bean has made an annual contribution of decoys to New England DU chapters. The company’s gifts enable the organization to maximize fundraising at the local level. In turn, volunteers can put their time into on-the-ground habitat monitoring and protection.
One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120
Phone: 800-45-DUCKS (800-453-8257)
Web site: www.ducks.org
FOREST SOCIETY OF MAINE
As Maine's land trust for the North Woods, the Forest Society of Maine (FSM ) conserves forestlands in a manner that sustains the recreational, ecological, economic, and cultural values of the Maine woods. The Forest Society of Maine focuses its efforts to promote the conservation of functional, working forest landscapes with multiple social and ecological values. Since its inception, FSM has conserved more than 400,000 acres of forestland, as well as 901 miles of rivers and streams and 510 miles of lake and pond shoreline.
L.L.Bean supported FSM to help complete the acquisition of the 329,000-acre West Branch project, which includes the headwaters of the St. John and Penobscot Rivers, and is pleased to continue its support of FSM'’s other endeavors to conserve additional high value forestlands in Maine.
15 Franklin St., 3rd Floor, â€¨Bangor, ME 04401
Web site: www.fsmaine.org
FREEPORT CONSERVATION TRUST
Freeport Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization operated by Freeport, Maine, volunteers. The Trust is dedicated to protecting special places for future generations. Since 1977, the Trust has protected 45 properties, totaling close to 1,500 acres of Freeport land, including significant farmland, shorefront and woodlands.
- Advises private landowners interested in protecting their land
- Holds and enforces permanent restrictions on property through conservation easements or outright ownership
- Provides public access to properties located in a number of Freeport neighborhoods
- Works with local residents to raise funds for the purchase and ongoing stewardship of land
- Builds public awareness and encourages land protection in Freeport
P.O. Box 433, Freeport, ME 04032
Web site: www.freeportconservationtrust.org
Friends of Acadia (FOA) preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations. It accomplishes its mission by encouraging volunteerism, promoting conservation, advocating for park interests, and supporting park stewardship by leveraging donations through grants.
L.L.Bean is proud to protect the future of Acadia National Park through grants totaling more than $3 million to support research fellowship programs important to the management and planning of Acadia; youth education programs that engage our younger citizens in environmental learning; and the Island Explorer Program, a network of ecofriendly buses that offer transportation free of charge to locations throughout the park and local communities, significantly reducing traffic and pollutants. Since its inception in 1999, the propane-powered Island Explorer bus system has carried over 3.7 million passengers, eliminating more than 1.3 million private automobile trips, and preventing approximately 20 tons of smog-causing pollutants and 13,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
L.L.Bean’s financial support for the Island Explorer program underscores our ongoing commitment to responsible recreation, conservation and preservation. We encourage you to join L.L.Bean in supporting America’s national parks.
To learn more about Friends of Acadia and ways that you can help, please go to www.friendsofacadia.org.
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43 Cottage St., PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: 207-288-3340, 800-625-0321
Web site: www.friendsofacadia.org
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FRIENDS OF BAXTER STATE PARK
Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group working to preserve, support and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter. The group supports a philosophy of wilderness in which resources are primary and recreation is secondary. This philosophy is based on the Deeds of Trust by which Baxter State Park was conveyed to the State of Maine by Governor Percival P. Baxter, supported by other Baxter writings and speeches and informed by the respected voices of others in wilderness preservation.
This philosophy includes:
- Preserving the natural order for its own sake, set apart in perpetuity and unspoiled by negative human impact
- Protecting natural resources
- Managing human presence to maintain harmony with the natural environment
- Providing opportunities for people to get away for a time in order to gain perspective and insight in a "forever wild" setting
P.O. Box 609, Union, ME 04862
Web site: www.friendsofbaxter.org
FRIENDS OF CASCO BAY
Casco Bay is quintessentially Maine; its scenic waters, rocky coast, and hundreds of rugged islands exemplify the state’s image as a natural wonder. The Bay provides endless recreational opportunities from birding and angling to boating and beachcombing.
Friends of Casco Bay has been working to improve and protect the Bay’s environmental health for the past 20 years. The group’s work involves advocacy, education, water quality monitoring and collaborative problem solving. Home to the Casco BAYKEEPER®, it is a founding member of the WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, a network of more than 180 environmental groups working to protect waters around the world. Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne won L.L.Bean's 2009 Outdoor Heroes Award.
L.L.Bean is a proud supporter of Friends of Casco Bay, a dynamic, active, local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health of Maine’s Casco Bay. Our support helps the organization continue to be the eyes, ears and voice of Casco Bay.
43 Slocum Dr., South Portland, ME 04106
Web site: www.cascobay.org
The goal of Healthy Hometowns is to help young people in Maine embrace a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle by providing education, training and accessibility to outdoor activities in communities across the state.
As part of the celebration of L.L.Bean's 100th anniversary, the company will donate $1 million dollars to expand the Maine Winter Sports Center's Healthy Hometowns program to nearly 400 Maine communities.
552 Main St., Caribou, ME 04736
Web site: www.mainewsc.org/healthy-hometowns/
LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS
The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is the international leader in sustainable recreation practices. The nonprofit organization teaches children and adults vital skills to minimize their impact when they are outdoors. The Center’s goal is to connect people to the natural world by providing tools and training to help them enjoy it in an environmentally sustainable way. Leave No Trace is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used today on public lands across the nation by all types of outdoor recreationists.
Through a 14-year partnership with L.L.Bean, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has reached millions of Americans with vital environmental education.
PO Box 997, Boulder, CO 80306
Web site: www.LNT.org
MAINE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is a volunteer-driven public service organization formed in 1935 to manage and maintain the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine, from the summit of Katahdin to Maine Highway 26 in Grafton Notch. Not a hiking or outing club, the MATC exists solely for the protection and perpetuation of the Appalachian Trail. Among the group’s projects are lean-to and site construction, trail relocation, brush and blowdown removal, blazing trails and footpath improvement. The MATC places five caretakers and ridge runners at busy backcountry A.T. campsites. These caretakers reach an estimated 10,000 backpackers with Leave No Trace education, with a focus on youth groups.
For more than 25 years, L.L.Bean’s annual contribution to the MATC has funded the purchase of the materials and equipment necessary to support the volunteers – many of whom are L.L.Bean employees – who maintain the Appalachian Trail in Maine. L.L.Bean also supplies funding and equipment for the caretaker and ridge runner program.
PO Box 283, Augusta, ME 04332-0283
Web site: www.matc.org
Maine Audubon, an affiliate of Audubon’s national organization, works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.
With a 160-year history of connecting people with nature, Maine Audubon is the only organization in Maine working to conserve wildlife in three ways: providing hands-on environmental education for people of all ages, conducting research and wildlife conservation projects statewide, and taking action to help shape effective science-based conservation policy.
Support for Maine Audubon comes from its 11,000 members and supporters, including individuals, foundations and corporations. Maine Audubon has seven local chapters and 11 public nature centers and sanctuaries statewide. Through its environmental-education centers, camps and hundreds of trips, programs and volunteer opportunities, it offers people of all ages wide-ranging opportunities to explore, learn about and care for Maine’s wildlife.
For over 30 years, L.L.Bean has contributed significant resources to underwrite Maine Audubon’s expanding education programs for young people and to provide capital for building expansion.
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
Web site: www.maineaudubon.org
MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine's coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity and working landscapes. MCHT promotes the conservation of natural places statewide by working with land trusts, communities and other partners. Founded in 1970, the trust was a pioneer in the use of conservation easements as a way to protect land. Since then, MCHT has worked to protect more than 130,000 acres in Maine, including more than 260 entire coastal islands.
In support of Maine’s land conservation community, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts the annual Maine Land Conservation Conference with support from L.L.Bean. MCHT is also home to the Maine Land Trust Network program, which provides services, support, resources, training and networking opportunities to Maine’s land conservation community. L.L.Bean teamed up with MCHT to create the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program, a competitive re-grant program that supports stewardship activities and capacity building projects undertaken by local land trusts around the state.
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, ME 04086
Web site: www.mcht.org
MAINE HUTS AND TRAILS
Founded in 2001, Maine Huts & Trails’ (MHT) vision is to build and operate a hut-to-hut trail system in western Maine. When completed, Maine Huts & Trails will include up to 12 rustic, yet comfortable, backcountry huts and more than 180 miles of non-motorized trails. Organization objectives are to:
- Protect and provide opportunities for future generations to experience the natural beauty of western Maine
- Introduce the wonders of the outdoors to young people in hopes of creating tomorrow's outdoor stewards
- Encourage healthy lifestyles by creating opportunities for accessible, people-powered, outdoor recreation
- Create economic development by encouraging more outdoor enthusiasts to the region year-round
Upon completion, this system of trails, huts and waterway corridors will run from the Bethel area to the Moosehead Lake area, through some of the most spectacular backcountry riverfront, lakefront, and mountain scenery that the northern forest has to offer.
L.L.Bean is one of the founding supporters of MHT and we’re pleased to share their vision of encouraging current and future generations to enjoy this spectacular region of Maine.
375 N. Main St., Kingfield, ME 04947
Web site: www.mainehuts.org
MAINE ISLAND TRAIL ASSOCIATION
The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. With over 180 sites and over two decades of community-building, stewardship and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America's first recreational water trail. The 375-mile waterway extends from the New Hampshire border to Maine’s Machias Bay. Current members enjoy access to trail properties for day use or overnight visits in return for observing low-impact techniques and guidelines outlined in MITA’s annual 250-page guide.
L.L.Bean is a sponsor of MITA’s Stewardship Handbook and Guidebook. In addition, product donations have leveraged the organization’s fundraising capacity.
58 Fore St., Suite 30-3, Portland, ME 04101
Web site: www.mita.org
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MAINE PROFESSIONAL GUIDES ASSOCIATION
The Maine Professional Guides Association’s (MPGA) mission is to protect and enhance the profession and outdoor heritage of Maine guides, and to maintain the resources they depend upon.
The Association is composed of registered Maine Guides who work to enhance the standards of the guiding industry through professional development, legislative advocacy and public outreach. Members are professional guides dedicated to promoting a quality, ethical and legal outdoor experience for all. They strive to maintain credentials and qualifications that exceed the requirements of the law. The membership nears 700 guides from throughout Maine, including the majority of Maine’s Master Guides.
L.L.Bean funds the MPGA’s Maine Guides Education Fund. The Fund's mission is to educate the public regarding outdoor recreation, public access, land conservation, land use policy, fish and wildlife management and the sustainable use of natural resources. They participate with Maine’s industry, land owners, land managers, agricultural interests, state and federal government and sporting and conservation groups to ensure the future of Maine’s outdoor recreation heritage traditions, including hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and snowmobiling.
603 Patten, ME 04765
Web site: www.maineguideseducationfund.org
MAINE TREE FOUNDATION
The Maine TREE Foundation (MTF) educates and advocates for the sustainable ecological, economic and social health of Maine’s forests and the people whose livelihoods depend on the forest products industry. The vision of the Maine TREE Foundation is to have the public view the Maine forest community with understanding, pride and respect for its healthy forest ecosystems, forest professionals, scientific forest management and sound public policies. MTF accomplishes this goal by developing and sponsoring education programs for schools, the government, the media and the general public. Partnerships within the forest community and programs that support forest owners, workers and users also aid in the effort.
L.L.Bean has funded the MTF with general support as well as specific support for Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program for grades K-12.
153 Hospital St., PO Box 5470, Augusta, ME 04332-5470
Web site: www.mainetreefoundation.org
The National Park Foundation (NPF) is the congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of America’s National Parks. Created by Congress in 1967, the NPF strengthens the enduring connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness.
L.L.Bean has worked with the National Park Foundation to fund innovative programs such as the propane-powered Island Explorer bus system in Acadia National Park and to create a fund for local national parks in the greater Washington, D.C., area. This partnership supports our customers’ interests and enhances opportunities to enjoy quality outdoor recreational experiences. As part of the celebration of L.L.Bean’s 100th anniversary, L.L.Bean will donate up to one million dollars to the National Park Foundation to help children enjoy the outdoors in these special places.
L.L.Bean is pleased to offer the opportunity for customers to direct their L.L.Bean Visa Coupon Dollars to the NPF to further its mission.
1201 Eye St. NW, Suite 550B, Washington, DC 20005
Web site: www.nationalparks.org
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
When the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was founded in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys throughout North America. Since then, the number of wild turkeys has increased to nearly 7 million birds thanks to state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, and the NWTF and its members and partners. The NWTF, headquartered in Edgefield, SC, is dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions. Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to more than 500,000 today. The organization has made great strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country. You can help answer the call and join this organization today by calling the center or visiting the NWTF Web site listed below.
L.L.Bean, through annual contributions, sponsors an NWTF program, Operation Appleseed, which plants crabapple trees to provide winter wildlife food sources. In addition, L.L.Bean is a program sponsor of NWTF’s youth outreach program, Xtreme JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), which teaches outdoor skills to teens.
PO Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824-0530
Phone: 800-THE-NWTF (800-843-6983)
Web site: www.nwtf.org
NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE
The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) works statewide for clean air, healthy waters, safeguards for our people and wildlife, forest protections and clean, renewable energy solutions. Founded in 1959, NRCM and its supporters have helped keep Maine a place of livable communities, outdoor traditions and tremendous natural beauty through science, the law and the voices of more than 12,000 supporters across Maine and beyond.
For over 35 years, NRCM’s educational outreach efforts have been underwritten by L.L.Bean’s annual contribution.
3 Wade St., Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-3101, 800-287-2345
Web site: www.maineenvironment.org
Cross-country skiing is a lifetime activity firmly rooted in New England tradition. The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) brings the excitement of cross-country skiing to people throughout New England. NENSA is the Olympic development organization for cross-country skiing in New England as well as the umbrella for most organized Nordic skiing events in the region. NENSA hosts or sanctions competitive events and clinics for skiers and coaches at venues across the Northeast.
As NENSA’s official outfitter, L.L.Bean is committed to keeping its crew comfortable during outdoor events year-round, from the hottest summer training sessions through the coldest winter race days.
New Gloucester Hall, 49 Pineland Dr. Suite 301A, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Web site: www.nensa.net
NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL
Founded in 2000, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has established a 740-mile recreational paddling trail for kayaks and canoes, linking the watersheds of northern New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine. Flowing with the stories of Native Americans, European settlers, and the development of towns and the timber industry, the Trail’s rich heritage offers paddlers a living reminder of a time when rivers were both highways and routes of communication. The NFCT represents a series of interconnected destinations, extending through a diversity of waterways, landscapes and communities within the Northern Forest and highlighting local resources. The Trail is managed and maintained by community-based stewardship organizations.
L.L.Bean’s funding helped to develop and print a series of three brochures about birding, fishing and paddling safety along the trail. Funds were also used to hold dedication events on National Trails Day in each of the four states through which the trail passes. Thirdly, the funds assist with the outreach and development of a canoe trail stewardship program.
PO Box 565, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Web site: www.northernforestcanoetrail.org
Founded in 1991, Portland Trails (PT) is a member-supported urban land trust with a mission to create a 50-mile network of public trails in Greater Portland, Maine. The group serves as a public advocate for trail development, land protection, and people-powered recreation and transportation in the city, and encourages local neighborhoods and the business community to take part in trail use and stewardship.
L.L.Bean is Portland Trails’ Business Trail Leader, which includes providing yearly support for operations and programs, membership in the Adopt-a-Trail stewardship program and lead sponsorship of PT’s "Happy Trails" fundraising event.
305 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101
Web site: www.trails.org
POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB
Founded in 1927, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the stewardship of trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail and 730 miles of other hiking trails in national parks and forests, as well as state, regional and local parks.
L.L.Bean employees maintain a 2-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. PATC has also benefited from product and cash donations as well as support through the L.L.Bean Grants to Clubs program through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
118 Park St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180-4609
Web site: www.patc.net
L.L.Bean is proud to support Rippleffect, Inc., a youth and community development organization operating outdoor adventure programming in Portland, Maine, on Cow Island in Casco Bay. The organization offers team-building activities, kayak adventures, leadership development and environmental curriculum to both youths and adults.
L.L.Bean’s support of the Youth Leadership Summit and the Youth Leadership Expedition underscores our shared interest in engaging young people in the outdoors through instruction, recreational experience and community service. The Summit brings youths together with Cow Island as the base for experiential learning through kayaking, outdoor education and self-exploration. Having completed the Summit, participants are eligible for the Expedition, a weeklong journey that will provide students with an opportunity to experience other parts of Maine’s great outdoors and to connect with their community through service projects.
#2 Portland Fish Pier, Marine Trade Center, Suite 104, Portland, ME 04101
Web site: www.rippleffect.net
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is the international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife. Through education, advocacy, technical assistance and promotional events, the Society works to sustain our hunting tradition and outdoor heritage. Habitat projects established under their Management Area Program and Coverts Program allow public land managers and private citizens to participate in the enhancement of woodlands. With 23,000 members, the group operates 130 chapters in the US and Canada.
Since 1992, product donations from L.L.Bean have aided the RGS in its goal to create and enhance wildlife habitat. L.L.Bean is proud to be the official boot sponsor of the Ruffed Grouse Society.
451 McCormick Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108-9377
Phone: 412-262-4044; 888-JOIN-RGS (888-564-6747)
Web site: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org
SACO RIVER SALMON CLUB
Maine’s Saco River is shared by Atlantic salmon and more than 60,000 citizens who rely on the watershed for their water supply. By limiting sources of pollution and allowing adequate river flows, the Saco River Salmon Club (SRSC) works to improve water quality for both groups. As a result, the salmon are being restored to a natural, self-sustaining population as outlined in the Saco River Strategic Plan prepared by federal and state fishery agencies. SRSC operates a hatchery, monitors the success of the restoration effort and supplies education and internships.
For over a decade, L.L.Bean’s annual support for the Saco River Salmon Club has helped the SRSC show demonstrable improvement in species protection.
PO Box 115, Saco, ME 04072
Web site: www.sacosalmon.com
SPORTSMAN'S ALLIANCE OF MAINE
The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) is Maine’s largest sportsman’s organization. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit organization promotes conservation of Maine’s wildlife resources and acts as an advocate for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the state. By working with the legislature, state agencies and other forums, the group tackles critical outdoor issues related to wildlife, recreation, land and marine resources and conservation education.
L.L.Bean’s annual contribution of products and funds goes directly to SAM’s Conservation Education Fund.
205 Church Hill Road, Augusta, ME 04330
Web site: www.sportsmansallianceofmaine.org
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nationwide conservation force of college and high school volunteers who protect and restore America’s parks, forests and other public lands. For over 50 years, SCA’s active, hands-on approach to conservation has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship and save the planet.
L.L.Bean’s support for SCA spans three decades. L.L.Bean sponsors SCA’s Conservation Crew program, which engages thousands of high-school-age youths annually in conservation service projects throughout the country. L.L.Bean also funds the National Park Steward program, placing L.L.Bean-sponsored SCA youth crews in several national parks.
689 River Road, PO Box 550, Charlestown, NH 03603
Web site: www.theSCA.org
TEENS TO TRAILS
Teens to Trails is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to increasing the opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors and form their own personal connection with nature. The group is increasing public awareness of the importance of that connection to a teenager’s mental and physical well-being.
PO Box 116, Edgecomb, ME 04556
Web site: www.teenstotrails.org
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
By pioneering innovative, cooperative and nonconfrontational solutions to land conservation, The Nature Conservancy preserves our natural heritage for future generations. Over one million members and more than 50 years strong, the organization has helped to protect nearly 16 million acres in the US and some 119 million acres internationally. The Conservancy’s 1,500 preserves are the largest network of nature sanctuaries in the world.
Since its founding in 1956 by Rachel Carson and others, the group’s Maine chapter has helped to protect over one million acres of the state’s most important wildlife habitat. The 74 Maine preserves include seabird nesting islands, old-growth forests, pine barrens, peatlands, mountains and grasslands. The chapter recently completed a particularly innovative project to protect some 241,000 acres of forestland around Baxter State Park. In return for providing financing for a timber products company, The Nature Conservancy acquired 41,000 acres as well as a conservation easement on an additional 200,000 acres. Known as the Katahdin Forest Project, the agreement protects wildlife habitat, ensures the forest is managed sustainably and provides public access. Linking together more than 750,000 acres of existing conservation lands, the Katahdin Forest Project is one more enduring legacy for future generations.
L.L.Bean has made annual contributions to the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy for over 30 years. Additional funding was provided to assist in the purchase of remote forestland along the St. John River in Maine. L.L.Bean is also a founding member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council of Maine, an organization founded for businesses to protect ecologically significant lands, waters and natural communities in Maine.
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606
Web site: www.nature.org
Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Suite 401, Brunswick, ME 04011
Web site: www.nature.org/maine
THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
For over 35 years, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has been conserving land for people’s enjoyment, such as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Protecting the special places people care about, from inner city to wilderness, is at the heart of TPL's work. Since 1998, TPL has completed over 50 conservation projects in Maine, from working forests, farms and waterfronts to parks, trails and natural areas, preserving forever over 108,000 acres of land in Maine.
In honor of its 95th anniversary, L.L.Bean pledged $1 million toward the acquisition of nearly 7,000 acres of wilderness around northern Maine’s Katahdin Lake. This parcel of land helps complete Percival Baxter’s vision for Maine’s Baxter State Park.
Maine State Office, 30 Danforth St., Suite 106, Portland, ME 04101
Web site: www.tpl.org
TIN MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION CENTER
Since 1979, Tin Mountain Conservation Center (TMCC) has offered hands-on programs to promote an appreciation of the environment at schools and summer camps, and within communities throughout northern New Hampshire and western Maine.
Tin Mountain Conservation Center provides environmental learning programs tailored to the individual curriculum of participating schools. This sustained weekly contact with school children over the entire academic year is a unique feature of Tin Mountain's approach to environmental education.
Every summer, TMCC operates camps for children ages 4 to 16 in Maine and New Hampshire. Nearly 300 local children and families benefit each year from summer programs.
TMCC is located in a state-of-the-art solar, photovoltaic, handcrafted Nature Learning Center surrounded by miles of self-guided tours on 140 acres of land that is home to beaver, bear and other wonderful fauna and flora.
For adults and families, L.L.Bean contributes to Tin Mountain’s Community Nature Programs series of slide shows, hikes, lectures and field trips, featuring local natural history experts and the region's spectacular natural areas. Community programs provide a diverse array of over 70 programs each year that promote an appreciation of the environment in children, adults and families.
1245 Bald Hill Rd., Albany, NH 03818
Web site: www.tinmountain.org
Since 1959, Trout Unlimited (TU) has been America’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization, dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Whether planning and building stream-improvement projects, working with the federal government to secure fish-friendly legislation or teaching young people the importance of protecting wild fish and their habitat, TU members are actively engaged in the fight to preserve our precious trout and salmon resources.
L.L.Bean has made annual contributions of fly rods and other products to TU for more than 20 years to support national and grassroots conservation efforts. Recently, L.L.Bean pledged an additional $10,000 to support youth fly-fishing education in Maine.
1300 N. 17th St., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209-2404
Web site: www.tu.org
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (general); email@example.com (membership)
UMAINE 4-H CAMP & LEARNING CENTER AT BRYANT POND
In April of 2008, the Maine Conservation School merged with the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to become the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond.
The UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center provides affordable, experiential education in conservation and the development of outdoor skills to people of all ages and backgrounds in a natural setting. This mission supports the broader mission of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program “to help Maine people improve their lives through education that uses research-based knowledge focused on issues, needs and aspirations.”
Through financial support and donations of products, L.L.Bean has enhanced the school’s opportunity to offer traditional outdoor experiences to children and adults throughout Maine and beyond.
17 Conservation Ln., PO Box 188, Bryant Pond, ME 04219
Web site: www.extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond
UPPER VALLEY TRAILS ALLIANCE
The Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) is a coalition of trail users, trail and land-protection organizations and landowners in 44 communities along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and Vermont. The Upper Valley Trails Alliance advocates for the use, maintenance and development of trails in the region. Through education, outreach and stewardship, the UVTA:
- promotes active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons
- connects people and places through a regional trail network
- leads a coalition of local trail groups and advocates
UVTA’s Passport to Winter Fun program is designed to encourage outdoor activity during the long Northern New England winters through a fun, elementary-school-based model. Other goals are the realization of the Upper Valley Loop Trail, a multimodal trail corridor that will link four core communities in the region through an integrated network of biking, walking and hiking trails. UVTA is also working on using emerging technologies to disseminate the most easy-to-use and up-to-date trail information in the region.
With the opening of the West Lebanon, NH, retail store, L.L.Bean pledged financial support to UVTA to install informational kiosks at nearly 20 trailheads on local conservation lands. The company also established the L.L.Bean Trail Stewardship Fund to support projects of UVTA trails organizations.
PO Box 1215, 326 Main St. #4, Norwich, VT 05055
Web site: www.uvtrails.org
Wildlands Conservancy is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that has been dedicated to land preservation, river restoration, trail development and environmental stewardship through education for the past 35 years.
3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049
Web site: www.wildlandspa.org
WinterKids is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. WinterKids began in 1997 as part of Ski Maine Association with one program for 5th graders. It quickly saw the increasing rates of childhood obesity and the downward trend in physical fitness in Maine and across the country, and recognized the opportunity to help children and families enjoy healthy and fun outdoor winter lifestyles.
120 Exchange St., Suite 205, P.O. Box 7566, Portland, ME 04112
Web site: www.winterkids.org
WOLFE'S NECK FARM
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is a place for all of us; kids and adults can learn about agriculture, camp, hike, bike and kayak, visit the animals, explore the natural world, volunteer, participate in education and community events and enjoy the Maine coast.
184 Burnett Rd., Freeport, ME 04032
Web site: www.wolfesneckfarm.org