We are a 501c3. Dues($20) and donations are tax deductible
ALA is a diverse group of property owners and conservation-minded individuals who, for more than one hundred years, have aspired to protect and enhance the land and waters of Alamoosook Lake in Orland, Maine. Some of us live year-round on the lake and some are summer residents, but deep friendships have grown over generations.
ALA was founded on the twin pillars of conservation and community, and those remain our primary functions. In the conservation area, we have worked with Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District to reduce non source point pollution, worked with the Town of Orland for fire prevention, and with adjacent lake associations for the control of invasive plants. Our dam committee communicates with current dam owners to keep the membership informed. The Audubon Society's Annual Loon Count is a highlight of the summer.
The membership holds two meetings a year, usually at the beautiful Alamoosook Lakeside Inn: potluck dinners with social time and an educational speaker. We staff an information booth at Orland River Day, and have entered (and won) the float competition at that event. We typically celebrate the 4th of July together, as well as smaller events like "sip and paddle".
Dues are $20/year,but extra donations are appreciated. It's tax deductible.
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P.O. Box 464
Orland, ME 04472 OR
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The Invasive Plant Paddle is a great way to learn about our native plants, AND to see the lake! 14 members are currently in training for identifying aquatic plant species.
Contact Katie Greenman for more info.
Courtesy Boat Inspections at the Hatchery needs volunteers. Contact Charlie Dodge.
There are always educational opportunities through ALA. The Monitoring team checks monthly for phosphorus levels, water clarity and dissolved oxygen. Note May 2019 report below in "links".
President: Katie Greenman
VP: Joe Giard
Secretary: Anne Buck Davis
Treasurer: Mary Jane Cullinan
Tad Van Leer
2020 promises to be an exciting year.
Training is necessary, but you don't have to become an invasive plant expert. People skills are more important. Last year's volunteers enjoyed meeting a variety of boaters of all ages and boat types.
Thousands of years ago, the Red Paint people lived and fished here. Their well made tools may still be found. Robert Treat built the first dam in 1775, and the lake would be used for water power from then on, with mills being built on at least 3 inlets as well as the outlet, and the first national fish hatchery on another inlet. Camps began being built after the Civil War: Captain Emerson of the Boston-Bangor boat at the outlet (Emerson Point), the Blodgett family at Beechwood, the Buck Family at Meadow Brook, the Pattersons, Homers, Gardners, and Auchus on the west side, the Randalls on Dead River, and the Atkins (Hatchery founder) at the Craig Brook inlet. As things got busier and access got easier, some of the camp owners got together with the idea of protecting the pristine quality of the lake. Early leaders Patterson, Emerson, Randall, Atkins and Gilliland (Frog Rock) incorporated the association in 1916. Besides family vacation time, camps became a major part of lake history until the 1960's. Alamoosook Island Camp, Camp Sparta, & Beechwood Camp for Girls exerted a profound influence on a couple of generations, their legacies still apparent on the lake. A history was published in 2012: "Alamoosook: the Lake, the People, the Stories."
Look in "Photo Gallery" for some historic photos.
This group is made up of lake associations like ours, banding together to aid each other with information and influence.
For final reports from the 319 Grant for the Alamoosook Watershed, scroll down.
The United States' first national fish hatchery is located on Alamoosook's shores. The staff members and educational facilities have enhanced our community for 150 years.
Part of the conserved land touches Alamoosook's shores, and the presence of the Trust has greatly enhanced our community.
Volunteer Lake Monitoring is now Lake Stewards of Maine. They help us with the IPP. www.lakestewardsofmaine.org
Our records are available. Please email the secretary
if you would like copies of our bylaws or minutes of any meeting.