Conserving the signature watershed of Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness.
The Pleasant River Headwaters Forest is a 26,740-acre parcel in the heart of Maine’s famed 100-Mile Wilderness Region, the land surrounding the northernmost 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Permanent conservation of this property will add to the protection of both the West and Middle Branches of the Pleasant River, which serve as critical designated habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon and native brook trout.
Plans for the Project
AMC is working to acquire and restore the Pleasant River Headwater Forest property, conserving one of the last remaining large, unprotected forest blocks in the region. Having secured bridge financing from The Conservation Fund through their Working Forest Fund, The Conservation Fund purchased the property in 2019 to allow time for AMC to raise the money to acquire the tract.
Efforts by AMC to restore aquatic habitat on the property will help to reestablish renowned native brook trout populations and allow Atlantic salmon to return to native spawning grounds in the headwater streams of the West Branch for the first time in nearly two centuries—making it one of the only places in the state where this is possible.
Restorative forestry efforts on the property will position multi-use forestland as the ideal stronghold for ecological resilience and climate adaptability, providing more and higher quality wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) to local and regional mills while simultaneously improving habitat and doubling carbon sequestration on AMC’s Maine lands. Through careful forest management, AMC will leverage its ownership to sustain local economies and keep the land open for public access.
How You Can Help
AMC is in the midst of a $25 million fundraising campaign to permanently conserve and steward this critical forest landscape. This will provide critical watershed protection for the Pleasant River as well as regional economic benefits through expanded nature-based tourism opportunities and responsible forestry operations.
AMC secured a lead gift of $10 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in December 2018. We have now raised over $17 million towards our $25 million goal.
Our fundraising success to date includes grant funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF’s) Acres for America program.
You can help! Please join us in protecting this valuable natural resource. To learn more about this campaign or contact us:
Celeste Miliard Bannock, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 523-0637
Steve Tatko, email@example.com, (207) 717-0230
Jennifer Norris, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 391-6620