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.


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

  • “We Can’t Wait: Why we need reform of the federal coal program now,” shows how the industry has been passing on millions in costs every day to the public. The status quo of the program has impacted public lands to the tune of billions of dollars and could multiply if coal companies aren’t held responsible for cleanup as they go bankrupt. Damages due to climate change from mining emissions will cost billions and drinking water for entire cities could be lost to mining or polluted beyond safe drinking levels.

  • BLM Planning 2.0 hearing support documents

  • 2015 Audited Financial Statements