Friends of Baxter State Park: Freshwater Stream Restoration as a Model for Maine’s Western Mountains

This project is being developed to maintain and enhance the integrity of high-value aquatic habitats in the face of climate change.

Project Area

This project focuses on Baxter State Park, a 209,644-acre wilderness area in northern Maine, and on 70,000 acres protected by the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Woods Initiative. Both are part of Maine’s western mountains, a 5 million acre area of contiguous forest with exceptional biodiversity and ecological integrity. This region lies at the heart of the largest, most intact temperate forest in North America, and forms a critical linkage between temperate biomes to the south and the vast boreal forests to the north.

Management Goals

Baxter State Park is one of the most intact wilderness landscapes in the eastern United States, forming a core ecological reserve in a mosaic of conservation lands spanning northern New England. The park contains Maine’s largest concentration of rare plants, as well as critical habitat for rare, threatened, and endangered animal species. Baxter State Park and Maine’s western mountains contain most of the natural communities considered highly vulnerable to climate change in Maine, including snowmelt-dominated headwater streams, alpine tundra, peatlands, and high-elevation forests.

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Flooding, Infrastructure, Water resources

Last Updated

Wednesday, May 10, 2017