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.

  • The Wilderness Society 2015 Annual Report

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

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