High Peaks of Western Maine

Stretching over 230,000 acres in western Maine, the High Peaks are one of the most spectacular wild places in the eastern United States.

This area is home to old-growth forests as well as growing populations of bobcats and lynx. The Wilderness Society is working with partners to protect these lands.

Why Western Maine?

Encompassing one of the largest undeveloped areas in the eastern U.S., the High Peaks are home to important forests.  These forests are like a living laboratory for studying climate change.

What we’re doing

We’re working with local groups and land trusts to protect and conserve lands in the High Peaks area. In addition, we’re researching how wildlife and wild places can adapt to climate change.

Our partners

We work with the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust in the High Peaks area.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.