“Our work together supports Maine’s economy, our environment and our tradition of public access for outdoor recreation.”
- Don Cole
For Will and Don Cole, sound forest management will help guide Maine’s forests toward a healthy future.
“Timber professionals, forest managers and landowners are stewards of a 17-million-acre resource,” says Don.
"Our work together supports Maine’s economy, our environment and our tradition of public access for outdoor recreation.”
The Nature Conservancy works to conserve a healthy, resilient forest all across Maine. At this massive scale, our approach goes beyond protection of wild areas. Working forest easements secure forestry lands and recreation access, while avoiding unsuitable development, across thousands of acres in Maine. By combining this approach with protection of sensitive habitats and key migration corridors, we are supporting ecological and economic vitality within an iconic landscape.
A New Mountain to Climb.
With your support, the Conservancy has rebuilt trails to provide access to No. 5 Mountain on the Leuthold Forest Preserve near Jackman. When the trail opens next spring, the 2-mile hike to the summit will provide stunning 360-degree views of Moose River, No. 5 Bog and Attean Pond to the north, and of Spencer Lake to the south.
Working Forest Protected in Washington County.
Thanks to the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, 21,870 acres of working forest are now protected in Grand Lake Stream Plantation. The state of Maine now holds a conservation easement on forests owned by GLS Woodlands. Funds came from Forest Legacy, the Land for Maine’s Future program, the Conservancy and the town.
Staying Connected in the Northern Appalachians.
With many groups, states and provinces, we’re looking at ways to ensure habitats are linked for movement by lynx, black bears, martens and other species. The Staying Connected Initiative unites U.S. and Canadian partners to focus conservation, planning, transportation and policy in ways to safeguard wildlife movement across this vast forest.