Maine Woods Forever is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the legacy of Maine’s forests and woodlands by: 1) Promoting stewardship of these natural resources; 2) Finding common ground with diverse people and groups to foster responsible use and shared stewardship of Maine’s forests and woodlands; and 3) Working with others to designate exceptional natural, cultural, and historic sites for the education, benefit, and spiritual well-being of Maine people, visitors, and future generations.
Since its inception in late 2004 through 2011, Maine Woods Forever has convened 22 roundtables with 74 organizations represented by 129 separate individuals, and an average of 30 at any one roundtable. With the changes that are occurring in land ownership and land management objectives in the Maine Woods, roundtables serve to raise awareness, encourage idea sharing, and generate action steps related to conservation efforts. These programs have included a diversity of speakers from such organizations as the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, 2 Countries 1 Forest, the Penobscot Nation, and from pertinent State agencies and conservation groups. Our participants repeatedly tell us we are filling a void, urging us to continue these big-picture roundtables because of their inspiration, substance, and collaborative outcomes.
To continue building and strengthening partnerships, Maine Woods Forever is currently working on the following:
- The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail that follows the path of Thoreau’s nineteenth century travels with his Penobscot guides, including the following projects:
- A Kiosk on Indian Island with the Penobscot Nation to mark the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail’s beginning and end points.
- Campsite improvements to 10 campsites along 27 miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, involving 20 stakeholders.
- East Branch of the Penobscot River Map and Guide, a sectional map of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail.
- The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival each July, with the Natural Resource Education Center of Greenville, Maine.
- Celebrate the Maine Woods! An exciting new collaborative project that will increase public awareness and appreciation of the unique values of Maine’s forests and woodlands through a year-long series of activities, events and exhibitions.
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Please contribute to our work that stimulates collaborative efforts to conserve Maine’s
forests and woodlands.
Contributions to Maine Woods Forever are tax deductible. Maine Woods Forever is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.