The Maine Lakes Resource Center (MLRC), a 4,000 square-foot “green” building in the center of Belgrade Lakes village, provides a highly visible platform from which to promote conservation. Specifically, the Resource Center provides our conservation partners with meeting and exhibit space, volunteers, technical assistance, and, most importantly, an audience of summer and year-round residents. The MLRC runs a full schedule of popular cultural and entertainment events which draw residents to the Resource Center where they are exposed to the programs of our conservation partners. Programs for students, the next generation of property owners, are also an integral part of the Resource Center’s mission.
The Maine Lakes Resource Center was constructed from reclaimed White oak beams from two 200+ year old Amish barns in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The MLRC gallery is open to the public year-round and offers free access to wifi and work space. The offices of our partner organizations are located on the second floor of the building. The MLRC grounds serve as a demonstration property for the LakeSmart program and have several working erosion control best management practices (BMPs) on display.