East Windham Conservation Project

Get Involved

  • Join us for a hybrid community meeting on Tuesday May 31st at 6:30pm at Town Hall Council Chambers or Zoom, where we'll provide an overview of the project, discuss the recent survey results and ask for public input on several concept plans for the conservation and recreation uses on this property.
  • Missed the site walks? Take a Virtual Map Tour of the property
    • Please note that this land is private property. Please do not visit this land on your own time. 

Background Information

The Town of Windham, in partnership with the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, proposes to conserve 650+ acres of land in East Windham, off  Falmouth Road.  The forested land has approximately 1,545 feet of water frontage on Little Duck Pond and directly abuts over 1,000 acres of other conserved land in Windham and Falmouth. This acquisition would conserve a large unfragmented habitat block in Greater Portland and protect water quality of threatened waterbodies. An access road, parking areas and trails for outdoor education and recreation will connect to abutting conserved land. Uses will include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and hunting. An observation tower will provide scenic views to Casco Bay and Mount Washington. East Windham Conservation Project Map

Download the map as a PDF

Little Duck Pond

Scenic Viewpoint at Little Duck Pond

View from scenic lookout

Scenic Viewpoint looking West on Woods Road (photo credit Ted Anderson)


Atherton Hill Fire Tower (1991)

Atherton Hill 60' Fire Tower (photo 1991).  Installed 1946, Removed 2000.

How to get involved?

The Town and the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust are working cooperatively to engage with the community over the next year on the vision for this property. 

  • Steering Committee:  Representatives of outdoor recreation, education, economic development, public health, and conservation interests in Windham will meet monthly to guide the community engagement process towards creating a vision and management plan for the East Windham Conservation Project.
  • Public Input: Two (2) community meetings (hybrid), town-wide survey, and site walk opportunities.

Project Schedule

January 2022
- Steering Committee Meeting - January 27 5pm Zoom (Agenda)
February
- Community Meeting (hybrid) - Wednesday FEBRUARY 16 6:30PM at Council Chambers & ZOOM (Presentation Slides)
March 

April 
- Apply for Land for Land for Maine’s Future State Grant Program for matching funds to conserve the land (4/1)
- Steering Committee Meeting - April 6 6pm Zoom (Agenda)
- Town-wide Survey - April 22-May 6 - View Survey Results
- Site Walk opportunities Thursday April 28 3:30pm and Sunday May 1 12:00pm 
-  Virtual Map Tour
May 
 - Steering Committee Meeting - May 18 6pm Zoom (Agenda)
 - LMF Awards 5/26
- Community Meeting (hybrid) - Tuesday May 31 6:30pm at Council Chambers & ZOOM - Register Here
June 
 - Steering Committee Meeting - June 8 6pm Zoom
- Town Meeting (6/18) - Vote for bond to support project that would be paid for by open space impact fees
July 
   - Apply for Land and Water Conservation Fund to help fund building out the recreational opportunities (7/1)
Fall 2022
   - Close on property
   - Finalize management plan
Spring 2023
   - Grand opening of the project 
2024
   - Expansion of recreational amenities

Questions? 
Contact Us

Linda Brooks
Parks & Recreation Director
Email
(207) 892-1905

Amanda Lessard
Planning Director
Email
(207) 894-5960 Ext. 2


Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.