JK Putnam

Hidden gem of the Northeast

Amid the noisy cities of the Northeast, Maine’s wilderness is a needed refuge. In Maine, you can walk the bracing, salty coast of Acadia National Park and within a few hours, experience the solitude of the North Woods, where rivers twist through dense evergreen forest.

As populations grow, so does pressure on these and other wild havens. Lands like the High Peaks region of western Maine, home to a rare 30-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail unbroken by roads, are threatened by encroaching development. Meanwhile, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument could face reckless logging under potential management changes.

Our wild playgrounds aren’t the only thing at risk. Vital habitat for moose, bear, lynx and salmon is at stake. It will take a concerted effort by people who care to ensure we don’t lose these precious wildlands.

$8.2 billion in outdoor recreation dollars
How much is spent yearly in Maine.
The Appalachian Trail
282 miles of the trail run through Maine.
Threatened by logging
87,000 acres in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are at risk.
Many of Maine’s wildest lands are unprotected
Only 0.1% of Maine is protected as federally designated wilderness.
Major issues in Maine

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