The acquisition improves recreational opportunities on the East Branch of the Penobscot for locals and visitors alike, and will enable creation of campsites, a welcome center, canoe launch sites and trails.

East Branch of the Penobscot River

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

In 2016, we conserved nearly nine miles on the East Branch of Penobscot River, preserving access to one of Maine’s best wild canoeing rivers, while protecting the river’s ecological assets.

The project builds on our 15-year conservation record in the Pine Tree State, during which we have awarded grants and loans totaling more than $13 million toward helping Maine’s conservation groups and agencies protect more than 1.3 million acres.

Easier paddling on the Penobscot

The land features undeveloped shoreline, easy-to-moderately difficult paddling with reliable flow, and spectacular stands of mature silver maple floodplain forests. It also hosts high quality Atlantic salmon habitat.

With the land now conserved, public access will be improved for paddling and new trails will be constructed and maintained for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Traditional uses such as hunting and fishing will continue.

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