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 the present, Maine Woods Forever has convened over 30 roundtables with 74 organizations represented by over 135 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.
The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail
Follows the path of Thoreau’s nineteenth century travels with his Penobscot guides, including the following projects:
- A website devoted to the trail with more information on Thoreau in Maine and his Penobscot companions: thoreauwabanakitrail.org.
- A kiosk in Greenville and a second kiosk on Indian Island with the Penobscot Nation that marks the beginning and end of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail.
- Development and printing of two beautiful maps. The first follows the routes taken by Thoreau and his Wabanaki guides in 1846, 1853, and 1857. The second, a sectional map of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, details the East Branch of the Penobscot, a portion of the route taken by Thoreau in 1857. To purchase maps see: http://umaine.edu/umpress/featured-books/thoreau-wabanaki-trail-map-and-guide/.
- Campsite improvements to 7 campsites along 27 miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, involving 20 stakeholders.
- Support for the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival each July, sponsored by the Natural Resource Education Center of Greenville, Maine.
Celebrate the Maine Woods!
An exciting collaborative project that began in September 2013 and ran through September 2014 that increased public awareness and appreciation of the unique values of Maine’s forests and woodlands through a year-long series of activities, events and exhibitions.
Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award
The annual “Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award,” recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders. Many credit President Theodore Roosevelt’s rugged sojourns in Maine during the late 1800s with shaping his determination to conserve our natural world.