Wed, Jul 21 2010 at 11:47 AM
By The Nature Conservancy
Two million acres of conserved land in northern Maine stretching westward from Baxter State Park, around Moosehead Lake and northward to the St. John River — that’s the vision embodied in the Moosehead Forest Conservation Project. The project will permanently conserve more than 400,000 acres near Moosehead Lake and create an unprecedented corridor of conservation across Maine’s North Woods.
These lands are a vital piece of the movement to conserve the forests, waterways and natural habitats of the North Woods. They bring the big picture into focus.
It is a picture of pristine waters and forested mountains with remote opportunities for paddling, hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and hunting. It is a picture of protection for priceless ecological treasures: the headwaters of some of Maine’s major rivers, untouched ponds and peatlands and habitat for rare plants and animals. And it is a picture of vast, unfragmented forests managed in a way that supports the local economy while providing a home to wide-ranging mammals such as moose, marten, fisher and Canada lynx.
The Nature Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club and the Forest Society of Maine have partnered to bring this picture to life. These groups are combining conservation expertise and working together to raise some $30 million through both public funding and private donations to cover the project’s costs.