Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Mount Abram, ME
Fee Ownership; Completed Project
In late summer of 2018, Northeast Wilderness Trust accepted a gift from longtime Phillips, Maine resident and lifelong wilderness advocate, George N. Appell, in honor of his late wife Laura W. R. Appell (née Reynolds). “Laura loved the wilderness, the rural areas and the forest of Maine’s North Woods,” recalls George. “Lone Mountain is a keystone for the region. We wanted to turn it into refugia for biodiversity.”
The Preserve’s namesake summit, 3,280’ Lone Mountain, falls just to the south of the newly-protected property, which buffers nearly two miles of the Appalachian Trail corridor, managed by the National Park Service. The Preserve is also protected by a conservation easement held by the US Navy, part of an earlier transaction.
Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve is part of a 70,000-acre forest block that contains numerous ongoing conservation projects by partner organizations, most of which protect lands for timber production and recreational uses. The Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve compliments this impressive patchwork of conserved lands and adds another much-needed wilderness core area – safeguarding habitat for sensitive species and views from the Appalachian Trail.
The majority of the Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve is mid-elevation spruce-fir forests and forested wetlands. Other conservation lands belonging to the state border the property on the north and east sides, making the preserve a critical link in connecting the network of already conserved lands in the area.
The Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve lies at the heart of the largest undeveloped ecosystem in the east, known as the Mountains of the Dawn. Spanning more than 5 million acres from the Maine-New Hampshire border to Mt. Katahdin – an area larger than the state of Connecticut – Mountains of the Dawn encompasses an incredible diversity of lowland and upland habitats, from the rocky summits and high elevation bogs of the loftiest peaks in Maine, to floodplain forests nestled in deep river valleys. The Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve protects habitat for moose, black bear, Canada lynx, and Bicknell’s thrush, among other species.
Conservation of the Lone Mountain property, much of which has been logged in the past, promises a wilder future for this special place. In due time, Lone Mountain’s forests will grow older and the scars of past logging and road building will fade away.
The Preserve is open to quiet, muscle-powered exploration and is best approached via the Appalachian Trail.
For more information about Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve or to learn about legal tools to protect your land, call Northeast Wilderness Trust at 802.224.1000 or email
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