Nearly 27,000 acres of working forestland in northern Maine is being protected in a deal that will bring the tract into Appalachian Mountain Club ownership.
Late last week, The Conservation Fund purchased the Pleasant River headwaters forest just north of Brownville Junction in Piscataquis County from a timber investment management organization for $18.5 million.
The fund said it will sustainably manage the acreage until the Appalachian Mountain Club raises the $25 million needed to bring the land into its permanent ownership, protection and stewardship.
The AMC said the parcel is a high priority because it’s adjacent to more than 75,000 acres currently owned and managed by the club. AMC President and CEO John Judge said the 27,000 acres will provide what they’re calling a green endowment.
“Sustainable forestry that will be enjoyed from the 27,000 acres will help support the land management across 100,000 acres,” Judge said. “And some of that is deferred maintenance — you know, things that haven’t been tended to, in some cases, for decades.”
Judge said since 2003 AMC has invested nearly $100 million its holdings in the region, and developed three lodges and 130 miles of trails for hiking, skiing and cycling.
This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.