Results and Accomplishments
Several critical objectives were achieved by the West Branch project, which was completed in 2004 on lands that have been a magnet for adventurers since Henry David Thoreau first made his pilgrimage to this region in 1846.
· Public access for recreation was protected
· Working forest heritage was sustained
· Ecological and cultural integrity was preserved
· Habitat for many species including Canada lynx, a federally listed threatened species, is ensured
Today the property remains under private ownership under the management of Wagner Forest Management. The 282,000-acre conservation easement is held by the The Forest Society of Maine who monitors the easement ensuring that all terms are met. The State of Maine owns 47,000 acres of lands that have the highest ecological and recreational values. This partnership has served as a model for other landscape scale working forestland conservation projects in Maine.