Meeting for discussion of Debsconeag wilderness

Posted Jan. 19, 2009, at 10:14 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:07 a.m.

The Nature Conservancy will hold a community meeting on Wednesday evening in Millinocket to discuss and gather feedback on the organization’s management of the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area.

Acquired by The Nature Conservancy from Great Northern Paper in 2002, the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area encompasses roughly 46,000 acres located just south of Baxter State Park and the Golden Road. The property is located in T3 R11, T2 R11, T2 R10 and T1 R10 WELS.

The wilderness area includes several lakes, including First, Second and Third Debsconeag lakes as well as Rainbow Lake. The Appalachian Trail also passes through the property.

Wednesday’s meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Northern Timber Cruisers clubhouse, will include an overview of the organization’s land management activities and other policies within the wilderness area. Conservancy staff will take comments and questions after the presentation.

Another topic to be discussed during the meeting is the organization’s plan to manage the hundreds of canoes and other private boats that are being “stored” on conservancy land.

The Nature Conservancy allows hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, paddling and other outdoor activities on the land. Vehicles are restricted to designated roads, however, and The Nature Conservancy’s rules prohibit horses, dogs and other domestic animals.

According to the conservancy, the land contains the highest concentration of pristine, remote ponds in New England as well as tens of thousands of acres of forests largely untouched by loggers. The property borders 195,000 acres of forestland protected by the conservancy through easements and the state’s Nahmakanta reserve.

The Northern Timber Cruisers clubhouse is located about 1 mile north of Millinocket on State Road. For more information, contact The Nature Conservancy’s Bill Patterson at 373-5209.

kmiller@bangordailynews.net

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