Northern Forest focus areas

The Northern Forest is home to pristine hardwood forests, rivers and mountains that provide clean water and recreation opportunities to local communities.

We're working in the Northern Forest to restore connected landscapes, build support for conservation and increase protected wild areas.

Nulhegan Basin

The low mountains and bogs of the Nulhegan Basin are where two classic forests meet: the Canadian boreal and the New England hardwood.

Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge

The Umbagog area is bursting with wildlife, including a dense moose population. It's a wildland of lakes, bogs and wetlands that needs more protection.

High Peaks of Western Maine

This diverse landscape has some of tallest mountains and the most diverse wildlife in the state. But only 15 percent of Western Maine’s forests are protected from development.

The Mahoosucs

Rapid development threatens this outdoor adventure paradise. It's an important wildlife habitat and economic driver for the local economy.

White Mountain National Forest

Despite being one of our most popular national forests, the White Mountains are in danger from logging and roads.

  • Anastasia Greene

    The future of more than 50 million acres of Bureau of Land Management Land could include more conservation measures based on plans announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today.  When adopted and implemented, the federal plans for managing the conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse could complement the broad number of efforts already underway across the West and highlight a commitment to conservation that is needed from the Interior Department.

  • 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.