Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve, created from many parcels protected over the past decade, stretches out over 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 connect this network of protected lands. This includes land conserved by other organizations for sustainable forestry and organic farming. Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve, owned by Northeast Wilderness Trust as forever-wild, covers 7,092 acres.
The Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve protects part of Maine’s largest, and most varied and intact freshwater wetland systems. This ecosystem is vital for many reasons. It lies within:
- A Species-at-risk Focus Area of Maine’s Comprehensive Wildlife Action Plan
- 88,000 acres identified by The Nature Conservancy as a forest block of high priority for conservation due to its unfragmented, high-quality forest and wetlands
- 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. This landscape is fertile ground for creative conservation action by the Northeast Wilderness Trust and our 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 shelby [at] newildernesstrust.org with any additional questions.