Protecting Ecologically Significant Lands:
Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the country’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, strives to promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Its Maine Woods Initiative (MWI), launched in 2003, protects and restores ecologically significant lands of high conservation value.
A Foundation grant of $10,000,000 is enabling AMC, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, to acquire and protect the 26,740-acre Pleasant River Headwaters Forest in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region, which lies in the heart of the state’s 10,400,000- acre Northern Forest, the largest contiguous forest east of the Mississippi. It represents an area of exceptionally high habitat connectivity and climate change resiliency. The tract is adjacent to other AMC properties totaling more than 75,000 acres that are part of the MWI. The property, which boasts a high percentage of valuable timber, surrounds AMC’s recently-acquired Silver Lake parcel and will be used primarily for sustainable forestry, creating a “green endowment” for the MWI that will not only secure its financial sustainability, but will also protect a significant and critical watershed that is a globally significant habitat for brook trout and Atlantic salmon in the 100-Mile Wilderness area.