Atkinson and Orneville, Maine
Fee Ownership; Completed Project
In remote, central Maine lies 1,760 acres consisting of a patchwork of wetlands and untamed forest. Moss carpets the ground beneath towering trees and open peat lands offer a veritable buffet for inland wading birds and water fowl. These parcels, part of a growing network of conserved lands, offer outstanding wilderness recovery potential. Here, nature will direct the ebb and flow of life, and the plants, animals, and natural processes will be sustained in perpetuity.
In 2012 the Wilderness Trust, with the help of our longtime partner Sweet Water Trust, accepted the fee ownership of these rich and biodiverse acres in Atkinson and Orneville, growing the total acreage owned by Northeast Wilderness Trust at the time to 4,460 acres.
Since that time the Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve has grown an additional 2,300 acres with the addition of the West Branch Dead Stream Property, completed in 2014. All of the 3Wilderness Trusts holdings in the area are also protected by a forever-wild easement held by the Forest Society of Maine.
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