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.

  • 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and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure.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.