Preserving a portion of Maine’s wildlife is the goal of one environmental group. A 22,000 square acre conservation easement will prevent areas around West Grand Lake from being developed. Downeast Lakes Land Trust played a key role in the 2012 easement acquisition. On Sunday, the group hosted a picnic to celebrate, what they hope will be, permanent public use of the space. Their efforts were supported by the Forest Legacy Program of the U.S. Forest Service.They donated $5.5 million to their cause. They also thanked the Land for Maine’s Future Program, donating $1.25 million. Downeast Lakes Land Trust says they want to buy the West Grand property for management as a Community Forest where they hope to promote hiking and camping. They’re excited for their continuing fund raising efforts and tell us they have $6 million to go.