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Land In Common was born, in collaboration with the JED Collective, from an effort to protect the Berry Pond watershed and Clark Mountain in Greene, Maine. In the years following our successful purchase of 30 acres (see more below), Land In Common has been carefully building the organizational infrastructure and capacity we need to expand our scope far beyond Clark Mountain.

This foundational work continues, and in the past year we have begun opening conversations with a wider community of people about new projects. We have already been approached by a number of individuals and communities with an interest in collaboration and land transfer. This interest in the CLT demonstrates the real demand for such an organization.

We welcome your support and participation to help us do this work!


Clark Mountain Conservation Project

In 2008, Land In Common (as Clark Mountain Community Land Trust) purchased 30 acres on Clark Mountain in Greene, Maine. This land purchase was enabled by community financing-- 16 grassroots low-interest (or, in some cases, no interest) loans from supportive community members totalling more than $80,000. An additional $20,000 came from donations, and the remaining balance was financed through a mortage to the land's original owner, Jim Nesbitt.

Four years later, Jim Nesbitt decided to donate an additional 139 acres on Clark Mountain to Land In Common, including most of the eastern shoreline of Berry Pond.

In 2018, we inherited the land and legacy of the Clark Mountain Sanctuary organization, a neighboring conservation effort. We now own and protect 220 acres of farm and wild land in Greene, leasing 70 of these acres to the Wild Mountain Cooperative--a homesteading, farming, teaching, and learning community that has evolved from the former JED Collective.


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