BRCA: the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
looking down on Long Pond from The Mountain








About BRCA

The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA) is dedicated to conserving the lands, water quality, and natural heritage of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed. Founded in 1988, this grassroots group has grown into a combined land trust and lake trust with over 1200 members, dedicated to protecting the watershed through land conservation, watershed management and protection, education and outreach, and implementation of conservation projects. The BRCA works with area lake associations, state and town governments and agencies, other conservation groups, and private landowners to preserve the area’s natural resources and maintain public access for low-impact recreational activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.

The Belgrade Lakes Watershed faces threats from accelerating development pressure, invasive species, erosion, and other damage caused by overuse. Once opportunities to protect our lakes and lands are gone they can not be reclaimed, but by joining the BRCA you can help seize conservation opportunities and meet these challenges.

Mission Statement

The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance was incorporated on November 1, 1988, as the Watson Pond Conservation Trust, a land trust with a fairly narrow geographical area of interest. It was reorganized in November of 1991 as the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, an umbrella organization for the five individual lakes associations of the Belgrade chain of lakes, and the land trust for the Belgrade Lakes watershed. Our purposes, as they are enumerated in our articles of incorporation, are:

  • To promote for the benefit of the general public the preservation of natural resources primarily in, but not limited to, the towns of the Belgrade Lakes watershed and Kennebec County in the state of Maine. These resources include land and water resources, the plant and animal life thereon, and unique scenic, agricultural, natural, and historic sites.
  • To engage in and promote the scientific study of, and education regarding natural resources.
  • To use all property held by the corporation, and the net earning thereon, for the benefit of the general public and for charitable, educational, recreational, conservation, scientific, or historical purposes.

BRCA Board of Directors

The BRCA Board of Directors includes representatives from the area lakes associations (Belgrade Lakes Association, East Pond Association, McGrath Pond and Salmon Lake Association, and North Pond Association and members at large.

Mel Croft, President
Dick Greenan, Treasurer
Don Mairs, Secretary
Warren Balgooyen, Member at large
Chris Cook, Member at large
Pat Donahue, Belgrade Lakes Association
Mark Heuberger, Member at Large
Pete Kallin, Member at Large
Jodie Mosher-Towle, North Pond Association
Maggie Shannon, Belgrade Lakes Association
Jack Schultz, Belgrade Lakes Association
Bill Swan, Member at large


P.O. Box 250
Belgrade Lake, ME 04918
(207) 495-6039