McCorrison Addition to
Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve

McCorrison Addition to
Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve

Will you help add 200 acres to the Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve in Central Maine?

The 200-acre McCorrison Addition is the newest opportunity to expand the Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve in Atkinson, Maine, and you can be a part of this rewilding legacy.

Currently spanning more than 7,000 acres, Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve in Atkinson, ME is a prime example of landscape-scale conservation. The Preserve protects part of Maine’s largest, 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, and the “Piscataquis-Penobscot Rivers Focus Area” of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve makes up part of an 88,000-acre forest block identified as high priority for conservation by The Nature Conservancy because of its connected, high-quality forest and wetlands.

The McCorrison Addition to Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve is low in elevation; the high point is just 397’ feet.  There are very few conserved, low-elevation wildlands (or Ecological Reserves, as they are called in Maine). The vast majority of wilderness conservation has protected high-elevation landscapes so far.

Like much of Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve, the McCorrison Addition has been logged in the past. Thanks to generous supporters, and to the current owner’s plan to sell this land to the Wilderness Trust, the property has an exciting opportunity to rewild and grow old. This beautiful landscape includes a four-acre wetland.

Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve was last expanded with the purchase of the Ames Addition in early 2021, adding 267 forever-wild acres to the Preserve system.  Today, the Preserve encompasses 7,092 acres. This large-scale wildland didn’t get protected in one fell swoop; six separate campaigns since 2006 aggregated land to build this impressive Ecological Reserve. Now, you can be a part of the next step to grow this wild landscape and help rewild the Northeast.

Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve is a real-life example of landscape-scale rewilding. But the story doesn’t end there…you can help expand wild safehavens for the entire web of life by supporting the McCorrison Addition.