The Forest Society of Maine is pleased to be working with Bernd Heinrich, renowned author and biologist, and Lynn Jennings to conserve their forestland in Maine. This project, called the Heinrich Forest, will conserve nearly 650 acres of forestland that is located on York Hill and adjacent to Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Maine. These woodlands have had a significant influence on Bernd’s writing, research, and teaching. Much of his field research, the basis for many of his 20 books, has been conducted here during the past four decades.
This opportunity for conservation has arisen from Bernd’s long-term vision for his lands. The Heinrich Forest project will serve as the foundation and provide permanent stability to the lands so they will continue to:
- Conserve an area of old growth containing 150 year-old pines, spruces, and hardwoods;
- Protect Alder Brook that provides habitat for Eastern brook trout;
- Provide guaranteed public recreational access for traditional uses including: hunting, trapping, fishing, and other outdoor activities;
- Ensure the continued use for hands-on research conducted by students and professors on topics including animal and plant ecology and animal behavior in various habitats; and
- Maintain the historical significance these lands have had since the time of Maine’s early settlers and the influence they continue to provide to American literature.