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.

  • 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.

  • Sample Letter to IRA Adminstrator DOC

  • In this report, we provide the policy framework for designating ORV trails and areas on federal lands, along with a series of recommendations based on recent case law and ten case studies from the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service that demonstrate both agency failures to comply with the executive order minimization criteria and good planning practices that could be incorporated into a model for application of the criteria.