The Mahoosucs

Between the White Mountain National Forest and the woods of Maine lies the wild Mahoosucs area.

This area is popular for hikers, hunters and paddlers, but is threatened with rapid development and loss of open space. The Wilderness Society is working to:

  • Protect the important wildlands in the area.
  • Work with communities to create a network of sustainable forests.

Why the Mahoosucs

The Mahoosucs are a popular recreation destination. But unsustainable development threatens this area. Learn more about the places to hike, paddle and just have fun outdoors in the Mahoosucs.

Work we’re doing

We’re working with local groups and partners for a sustainable vision of the Mahoosucs. By balancing conservation and development, we can protect the things that make the Mahoosucs special.

Partners

The Wilderness Society joined with a variety of local, regional and national partners to form the Mahoosuc Initiative in 2005.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.