FSM is currently working on several significant conservation projects throughout Maine’s North Woods. Two of the larger projects under way, involving approximately 29,000 acres of forests, are located in the western part of Maine (see Grafton Forest and Coburn Gore Forest below). FSM is pleased to be working with these landowners to address sustainable forest management and public recreational access, and include appropriate levels of ecological and cultural resource protection. These projects would connect to existing conserved lands providing enhanced habitat connectivity across the landscape. The Coburn Gore Forest and Grafton Forest projects, specifically, are connected through a long chain of conserved lands.
Coburn Gore Forest: The Forest Society of Maine has a long-standing relationship with a family forestland owner in western Maine who is ready to put their land into a working forest conservation easement. Roughly 8,300 acres of well stocked forestland in Coburn Gore Township will be conserved along with one completely undeveloped pond (Crosby Pond) and one pond with very minimal development (Arnold Pond). Both of these waters, along with other wetlands in the area contain excellent heritage brook trout habitat. The project land borders Quebec on three sides and is bisected by Route 27. Of historic and cultural importance is the Benedict Arnold Trail which has been documented traversing the property. The Coburn Gore Forest project links conserved lands in Quebec to FSM’s Boundary Headwaters conservation easement to the south. View the Coburn Gore Project Handout.
Read more about the Grafton Forest and Coburn Gore Forest projects.