Northern Forest

The Northern Forest sprawls over the northeast United States, from the Adirondack Mountains in New York all the way up to the northern woods of Maine.

In the Northern Forest, you’ll find world-class recreation set amongst deep woods and bird-filled wetlands. But these lands are at risk. The Wilderness Society is working to protect the Northern Forest from threats like climate change and development.

Why the Northern Forest

The Northern Forest is a land where sugar maples thrive, moose and lynx roam, spruce-fir forests teem with migratory songbirds and humans continue to enjoy age-old connections to the land. Generations of local communities have enjoyed the economic, recreational and health benefits the Northern Forest provides. At Wilderness, we're working to keep it that way.

Stories from the Northern Forest

The Northern Forest is home to thousands of people that care about wild places, and millions more that visit each year.  Here are some of their stories.

Experience the Northern Forest

With forests crawling with deer, moose, black bear and other wildlife, the Northern Forest is a wildlife watcher’s dream come true. Throw in world class hiking, camping and fishing and you’ve got one of the most popular wild places in America.

Focus areas

The Northern Forest stretches from the tip of northern Maine to the Adirondacks in New York. Within the heart of the Northern Forest landscape we work to protect several sensitive wildlands.

Other campaigns

In addition to our focus areas, we also work to protect other areas of New England, as well as identify ways for our wild places to cope with climate change.

Help protect the Northern Forest

We work with numerous partners to build political and public awareness of the Northern Forest. Help us continue to protect this special area for future generations.

Make a donation to help protect the Northern Forest.

  • Alex Thompson

    Today, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management announced a new methane waste rule to replace its own regulations that went into effect only about one year ago. The new rule eliminates important environmental and public health protections established under the 2016 rule and will result in increased natural gas waste and reduced taxpayer revenue.

    The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Trump’s infrastructure and budget proposals are essentially Valentine’s gifts to oil, gas, coal and other extractive interests.

    The plans would increase fossil fuel development on public lands, weaken environmental safeguards, drain funds from conservation programs and even allow selling off public lands to pay for infrastructure.

    Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society, said:

  • Michael Reinemer

    Public lands and environmental protections would be steamrolled under President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan according to The Wilderness Society’s review of leaked White House documents.  His proposed fiscal year 2019 budget would likely further hobble budgets of federal land management agencies and choke vital programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both are expected to be released on February 12.

    Drew McConville, Senior Managing Director at The Wilderness Society, said: