Tumbledown Mountain

views from Tumbledown Mountain, MainePhoto credit: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

In 2001, The Trust for Public Land began working with the Tumbledown Conservation Alliance and the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) in a multiyear effort to protect nearly 30,000 acres of sweeping alpine vistas, popular hiking trails, and productive forests in one of the state's most well-loved mountain areas—the Tumbledown Mountain and Mount Blue State Park region.

In December 2002, we helped  the DOC permanently protect 11,800 acres around Tumbledown Mountain, including the summit. While 3,778 acres were purchased outright, a conservation easement over the remaining 7,833 acres prohibits development, guarantees public access, and ensures sustainable forestry practices. Funding was provided by the federal Forest Legacy Program, the Land for Maine's Future Program, and private donations raised by the Tumbledown Conservation Alliance and TPL.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.