Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve, created from many parcels protected over the past decade, stretches out over nearly 7,000 acres of remote wetlands and forest in central Maine.
In remote central Maine, a roughly 20,000-acre complex of protected lands is being assembled by various conservation groups including the Northeast Wilderness Trust. These protected lands border Alder Stream and the Piscataquis River, and contain mature American chestnut trees, expansive wetlands, and Atlantic salmon habitat. The Trust is working actively with local partners to expand and further connect this network of protected lands, which includes partner holdings devoted to sustainable forestry, and organic farming. As of fall 2015, Northeast Wilderness Trust owns more than 6,800 acres under forever-wild protection.
The Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve project area contains one of the largest, most varied, and intact freshwater wetland systems in Maine. Recognized as vital at multiple scales, it is embedded within: (1) a Species-at-risk Focus Area identified in Maine’s Comprehensive Wildlife Action Plan; (2) a larger 88,000-acre area identified by The Nature Conservancy as a high priority Tier 1 Matrix Forest Block due to its unfragmented, high quality forest and wetland characteristics; and (3) the Piscataquis-Penobscot Rivers Focus Area of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
The Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve project area contains one of the largest, most varied, and intact freshwater wetland systems in Maine.
Threats of fragmentation and loss of public access are high, and the wilderness recovery potential of the region is extraordinary—fertile ground for creative conservation action by the Northeast Wilderness Trust and its partners.
Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve is open to quiet recreation and limited hunting, but requires a permit for hunting access. A summary of access rules is provided below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
- No ATV’s, dirt-bikes, 4x4s, other motor vehicles, or bicycles.
- No dogs or other pets are permitted.
- Day use access only. No camping or campfires.
- No disturbing soil, littering, cutting or damaging vegetation is prohibited
- No tipping or commercial collecting of fiddleheads, mushrooms, berries or any other items.
- Snowmobiles are only allowed on posted, club-sponsored trails.
- Respect the natural environment, show consideration to hunters, wildlife,
and neighboring landowners, and know and obey the law.
- Hunting on the preserve requires a permit, available here.