What are the Maine Woods?
Maine Woods comprise 10 million acres of forestland that contain thousands
of miles of clear-running rivers and streams, provide habitat for endangered
and sensitive wildlife, and include some of New England’s last old growth
Sierra Club Maine Woods Campaign
The Sierra Club has made
the protection of the Maine
Woods, the largest expanse of contiguous
northern forest east of the Mississippi River, one of its highest national
conservation priorities. The Sierra Club seeks to protect Maine's
wilderness heritage through efforts to link existing public lands and
unprotected areas, create new opportunities for wilderness recreation, and
allow forests to return to a mature and natural state.
Why Maine needs a Maine Woods Campaign
Maine is a state with a rich natural and cultural heritage based on
wilderness and a connection
to the environment. Millions of acres of forestland have been changing
ownership over the past decade resulting in a striking conversion of timber
based industry to real estate investment. The recent massive
development proposal of Plum Creek is the first of many development
proposals for the Maine Woods and it is vital that we work towards a long
term vision for permanent protection of Maine's forests.