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 2020, Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve comprises more than 6,800 forever-wild acres.
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, on-foot recreation like hiking, birdwatching, paddling, nature study, and hunting and fishing by permission. If you are interested in hunting or fishing permission for Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve, please visit our Hunting Program page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.