FSM is currently working on several significant conservation projects throughout Maine’s North Woods. Two projects under way, involving approximately 29,000 acres of forests, are located in the western part of Maine. Another project is located in northern Maine (see Fish River Chain of Lakes below). In all of these efforts, FSM is pleased to be working with landowners to address sustainable forest management, include appropriate levels of ecological and cultural resource protection, and address public recreational access. All of these projects would connect to existing conserved lands providing enhanced habitat connectivity across the landscape.
Fish River Chain of Lakes: The Forest Society of Maine has been asked by forestland owner, Irving Woodlands, LLC, to hold a permanent conservation easement on approximately 16,750 acres of forestland in the Fish River Chain of Lakes region. The Fish River Chain of Lakes in northern Aroostook County is a spectacular area with a string of lakes, rivers, and streams surrounded by managed forests. The easement is part of a Concept Plan being proposed by Irving and considered by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission. Click here to learn more about the Fish River Chain of Lakes Concept Plan.