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Nahmakanta Public Reserve

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Snowmobile Trails Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

Nahmakanta, the State’s largest Public Reserve at more that 43,000 acres, offers backcountry visitors a roadless forest of more than 8,000 acres, a 12-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, lakeside and remote campsites, and 24 lakes and ponds with more than 50 miles of combined shore frontage. In 1990, the Land for Maine’s Future Program assisted in the purchase of nearly 28,000 acres, with an additional 1,820 acres protected by the National Park Service. Numerous streams and brooks run through the hilly terrain, most notably Pollywog Stream which courses through an impressive gorge along the Appalachian Trail. The Trail also crosses Nesuntabunt Mountain, which offers beautiful views of Nahmakanta Lake and Mt. Katahdin and harbors a significant old-growth forest. A popular snowmobile trail crosses the Reserve, linking Millinocket and Greenville. Remote ponds on the property include Wadleigh, Musquash, and Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Debsconeag Ponds.

When this project was proposed to the Land for Maine’s Future Program, as part of a package of projects totaling 37,000 acres, it represented the single largest land conservation purchase in Maine’s history at that time. The Nature Conservancy facilitated lengthy negotiations between the State, the National Park Service, and the two timber companies that held the land. The success of this public-private partnership helped to inspire other landscape-scale conservation projects