The Cold Stream Forest Project represents some of the best wild brook trout habitat in Maine. It is a beautiful location near The Forks and West Forks and encompasses more than 8,000 acres of land and water bodies. This project protects Cold Stream, a highly valued brook trout water body along with eight wild brook trout ponds. The area is popular amongst sportsmen and anglers, as the land also protects more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering areas. Along with brook trout, this area is home to the threatened Canada lynx. There are more trout in this area than in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire combined.
In a joint statement, Senators Susan Collins and Angus King said, “In protecting the Cold Stream Forest, we are taking another step forward in building on the long and proud traditions of conservation, public access to recreation, and working forests in our state that support jobs. We applaud the Trust for Public Land for their work in preserving this beautiful and vibrant area, and we pledge to continue to support federal initiatives, like the Forest Legacy Program, that help make these projects possible.”
Cold Stream Mountain Road off Route 201 in West Forks