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The Future Is Now

As demand for Maine land grows, there’s increasing urgency to secure continued access for recreation and commerce; to preserve open, shared community spaces; and to ensure sustainable revenue streams for both local and state economies.

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In 1987, Maine voters overwhelmingly approved a bond to purchase lands of significance for recreation and conservation. For over 30 years, LMF has successfully crossed ideologies, party lines and motivations to represent and protect the essence of Maine — yesterday, today and tomorrow.


Public land access is the essence of Maine. LMF supports that legacy, securing perpetual land access statewide for recreation, farming, fishing and forestry.


Maine communities rely on public land as a means to explore, to engage, to reset, and to survive. LMF exists because some places matter enough to preserve – for generations to come.


From acquisitions and easements to cooperative ventures, LMF projects are economic engines that produce measurable returns – with long-term benefits to the people of Maine.

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Since 1987, the LMF program has helped to protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine. Most of these special places are open for visitors — offering access to great activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and even ATV riding. Best of all, LMF’s work has been funded by the people of Maine for the past 30 years — which means LMF properties belong to all of us — forever.

The LMF Passport is our way of encouraging you to see these destinations for yourself. And if you visit three of our properties, we’ll reward your explorations with a handy Flashlight Carabiner. Post your photo to our LMF Gallery page for a chance to win prizes!

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See how others are exploring LMF destinations and share photos of your own adventures.

Post an image of a LMF destination and your name will be entered into a drawing this fall with a chance to win LL Bean camping gear and other prizes!

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LMF works for ME

Over 150 projects have been funded to date from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Here are just a few:

Fishermen’s Heritage Lobster Co-op

Pike Lands

Pike Lands

Seboeis Lake

Sawyer Mountain Highlands

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program. It was 1987 when Maine voters first approved a $35 million bond to purchase lands of state significance for recreation and conservation. The goal of the program remains the same now as it did then: To secure public access for recreation, to conserve our most important habitats, to preserve Maine’s farming traditions and to protect the natural infrastructure vital to both our sense of place and our economic future.

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