Located in the towns of Madrid and Phillips, the Orbeton Stream Project secured a conservation easement in December 2015 on nearly 6,000 acres surrounding Orbeton Stream. The easement ensures sustainable forest management and allows public access for hiking, fishing, paddling, and hunting. The Orbeton Stream Project follows a portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The area provides habitat for the federally-recognized endangered Atlantic salmon. The project ranked highly on the President’s Forest Legacy Program list for its valuable forests, recreation opportunities and critical habitat. The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land championed this project.
Linkletter Timberlands is in charge of the area’s sustainable forest management. The $1.6 million purchase received $1.3 million in funds from the federal Forest Legacy Program. Said Lloyd Griscom, director of the High Peaks Alliance and of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, of the project, “Conservation doesn’t have to be about getting what you want. It can, and indeed is, about getting what’s best for everybody.”
Western Mountains — Franklin County