highPeaksInitiative

High Peaks Initiative

A project to protect the unique and special qualities of the High Peaks Region of Maine’s Western Mountains

The High Peaks Region consists of 230,000 acres in a remote and undeveloped region of Maine’s western mountains.

  • Largest contiguous mountain area in the state
  • 40% more land above 2,700 feet than Baxter State Park.
  • Diversity of ecological communities, high proportion of rare plants and animals, lack of habitat fragmentation
  • One of three high mountain regions in Maine
  • The only one without significant conservation protection.

Maine A.T. Land Trust is:

  • Leading collaborative efforts to establish conservation focusing on 85,000 acres.
  • Completing the first Ecological Study of the High Peaks Region providing findings about habitat, wildlife and ecological characteristics.
  • Working with landowners in the High Peaks region to protect the traditional recreational values of wilderness, solitude, remoteness, and undisturbed scenic beauty that is most often associated with the Appalachian Trail.