Stories in Maine

Safeguarding Shelter for Wildlife and People

TNC is using science to identify and conserve habitats that can withstand climate impacts.

A vast green forest leads to tree-covered mountains in the distance.
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Maine is 89% forest—the most forested state in the nation. That means we offer critical habitat for wildlife, including the many plant and animal species whose populations are moving in response to climate change. Each decade, species are shifting their ranges an average of 11 miles north and 36 feet in elevation; this trend is expected to accelerate, with dire consequences. Many plant and animal species will have difficulty moving away from growing climate threats to find new places to call home.

TNC is leveraging groundbreaking science to respond. We’re identifying a network of unique locations that can withstand climate impacts, including vitally important Maine forests. This scientific learning drives our conservation planning and is a key strategy in our work to address climate change.

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What Forest Success Looks Like

TNC is identifying a network of unique locations that can withstand climate impacts, including vitally important Maine forests. This is a key strategy in our work to address climate change. As part of our Join Maine campaign, we are working to ensure these critical successes by 2024:

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    More than 350,000

    acres of resilient and connected forest lands are permanently conserved.

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    At Least 2

    additional ecological priority forest areas are conserved at an effective scale—at least 25,000 acres.

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To achieve these goals, we are working to raise $52 million specifically for our work in this area, including $25.1 million in support from people like you, $9 million in public and partner funding, $15.4 million in market-based funds and $2.5 million in conservation asset donations. Learn more about our conservation goals and Join Maine.

Young green trees crowd out the sky on a hillside.
Making Room Large forest reserves like the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area offer species places to move in the face of climate change. © Phoebe Parker / TNC