Loon Echo Land Trust to celebrate Earth Day with clean-up, hike

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BRIDGTON — Loon Echo Land Trust is celebrating Earth Day by hosting two special free events on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. The public will be able to beautify the community in the morning and stretch their legs the following afternoon with a hike to the summit of Bald Pate Mountain.

Loon Echo, Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) and the Bridgton Community Center are hosting an Earth Day clean-up at 9 a.m. April 21 at the Bridgton Community Center, Depot Street.

This year participants will give back to the community and focus on the downtown area. Before clean-up starts, Loon Echo and LEA staff will take a moment to remember former LEA staff member and close friend, Adam Perron, who helped establish the Bridgton Earth Day clean-up in 2015.

After cleaning up, the Bridgton Community Center will provide a free picnic for participants. Work boots, gloves, bug spray and water are recommended. The program will run approximately four hours.

The following day, volunteers and friends from Loon Echo will have a two-hour afternoon Earth Day hike to the rocky summit of Bald Pate Mountain. Participants will meet at 3 p.m. at the main parking area on Route 107. At the summit, hikers will share music, poems or stories that embody the spirit of the day. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water and snacks are encouraged for this moderate hike.

Loon Echo’s next event will be a vernal pool program at Pleasant Mountain Preserve on Saturday, May 5.

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For more information about upcoming events or ways to support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to the websit,e www.lelt.org, or call 207-647-4352.

Hikers celebrate Earth Day on a hike at Loon Echo’s Bald Pate Mountain Preserve in Bridgton.

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