In a bold and historic step, the Downeast
Lakes Land Trust and the New
England Forestry Foundation formed a partnership to work with Wagner
Forest Management and Typhoon LLC on a project that will conserve forever
342,000 acres of productive forestland in Downeast Maine. This
project, known as the
Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, is designed to sustain
a rural economy and the lifestyles of the people who live in this area. The
project hopes to create a new model for forest conservation that incorporates
community support and involvement.
The Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership
is strategically positioned between more than 600,000 acres of conserved lands
New Brunswick and 200,000 acres of state, federal and Native American lands
in Maine. This makes the overall conservation impact more than one million
acres of essentially uninterrupted habitat across an international boundary.
New England Cable News (NECN) has teamed up with NEFF and the Downeast Lakes
Forestry Partnership. In online
video archives, NECN's Scot Yount documents
this beautiful region, and explains how to become part of this
historic conservation project.
This project is community incubated, community based, and community driven. It
seeks to sustain the local economy so dependent on an intact and healthy
natural resource base. Most everyone in the region earns a living
from the land. The livelihood of the local guides, loggers, basket makers,
mill workers, trappers, canoe-builders and sporting camp workers, hinges
on a productive land base. For generations, the natural resources have sustained
the people who live here. With the success of this project, the future
will be secure.
The Partnership Began This Effort In 2001 And Completed The First
Purchase On March, 20, 2003 As Planned
St. Croix Corridor
A 50-mile, 3,019 acre, conservation corridor along Spednic Lake and the Upper St. Croix River will be acquired by the State of Maine, a purchase facilitated by NEFF and WWLT. The purchase was made on March 20, 2003 as planned. Click for map
Now, The Partnership Will Make Two Purchases In 2005
Two townships, 27,080 acres bordered by 62 miles of pristine lakeshore, will be purchased and managed as a community forest by Downeast Lakes Land Trust. Click for map
An easement over 312,000 acres of the “Sunrise Tree Farm” will be purchased
by NEFF and the land will still be owned by Typhoon, LLC and managed Wagner
Forest Mgt. Click
There are no high-tech service centers here; there is just the land and its
capacity to produce timber and wildlife, clean water and unparalleled scenery.
These remarkable lands, identified as critical breeding habitat for neotropical
migratory birds, offer tremendous value for the conservation dollar.
The Natural Resources to be Conserved Include:
More than 445 miles of lake shoreline;
More than 1,500 miles of river and stream shoreline;
A least eight active Bald Eagle nests;
More than 10% of the loons of northern Maine;
More than 54,000 acres of productive wetland;
A significant peatland complex;
A tremendous cold water fishery for salmon and bass;
Habitat for at least 185 bird species including 23 warblers, loons, American
black ducks, Canada geese, and wood ducks;
Habitat for bear, moose, deer, pine
marten, beaver, otter and other mammals;
Vernal pools so important to frogs
and salamanders; Historic Native American canoe routes;
More than 60 lakes supporting fish and wildlife.
To complete these purchases the project partners must raise $29.5
million by May, 2005. We are more than half the way there and your generous
contribution will help us get there in time.
Three Ways To Make Your Tax Deductible Contribution:
Send your contribution to:
Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership
50 Forest Falls Dr.
Yarmouth, ME 04096