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The Bald Mountain Pond area offers a glimpse into what Maine's forests were like more than a century ago. Conifers and fingers of rock surround its pristine, glacier-hewn shoreline, where AT thru-hikers bunk at a lean-to hidden in the pines on the north end. Arctic char–a species that once thrived in most of Maine’s lakes–still swims here, and the endangered Canada lynx roams the woods. That's why the National Park Trust and the Trust for Public Land are campaigning to buy roughly 1,500 acres of land around the pond from a private timber company. The purchase would preserve a parcel of never-logged, old-growth forest and provide public access to previously off-limits Ossie Pond and its population of wild brookies.

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Mount Katahdin marks the end of many long journeys. The 5,267-foot peak is Maine’s highest point, the summit of a formidably steep and rocky climb from the nearest trailhead. The mountain is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, where thru-hikers culminate months of trekking long...

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The Trust for Public Land today announced an agreement to purchase a 978-acre forested parcel 2 miles from the center of Bethel to create a Community Forest. The project is a partnership with the Northern Forest Center and Mahoosuc Pathways, of Bethel, which will own the forestland on behalf of the community.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Bill Toomey has joined the organization as Northern New England Director. Bill will be based in Portland and oversee the nonprofit’s parks and conservation activities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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The Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited today announced the purchase of the Cold Stream forest, a 8,159-acre property near the The Forks which will provide public access and protect habitat for deer and wild brook trout, including more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area and seven wild brook trout ponds. 

Ice skating at Knight's Pond in Maine
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Winter can feel like a grind. Dark days of dodging puddles, shoveling driveways, and misplacing mittens—it’s enough to make us want to curl up under a blanket and stay there until April.

Tempting as that sounds, it turns out one of the best ways to get through winter is to welcome it with...

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The Trust for Public Land announced today the purchase of five important properties spread throughout central Maine that will provide critical access for hunting and fishing. The five tracts totaling 2,730 acres are in Embden, Burnham, Detroit and Ripley. The Central Maine Sportsman's Access Project is the result of a two-year partnership between The Trust for Public Land, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Plum Creek. The properties will be owned by MDIFW and become part of the state's Wildlife Management Area system.

Cold Stream Forest, Maine
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It’s early—very early—and the low morning light is just beginning to pass through the dense foliage overhead. You can’t hear much above the chatter of the stream over stone, just the wind, when it picks up, and the occasional birdcall. Your hands are numb and your mind is clear when you spot the...

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A 5,774-acre forested property in Franklin County has been permanently protected, ensuring that it will continue to produce timber and logging jobs and will be available for recreation such as snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, and hunting, The Trust for Public Land announced today.

We sat down with Portland's conservation hero, Tobin Scipione, to learn how this Maine community mobilized to save the woodland they loved.

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