Eastern Forest Partnership

Focus Areas

Northern Forest

Catskills/Berkshire Plateau

Cumberland Plateau/Allegheny Plateau

Highlands Region

Southern Appalachians

Southern Coastal Forests


The Northern Forest Map

The Northern Forest

The Nothern Forest is a 26 million-acre expanse stretching from New York's Tug Hill Plateau and Adirondack Mountains all the way to Maine's North Woods.

Truly a place out of time, the Northern Forest is a vast landscape where the sky is still dark at night, flocks of birds come to breed by the millions, and rural commmunities live in close communion with each other and the natural world. It is a region where people gain a sense of themselves and often their livelihoods from the land.

Special Features

  • Recreational gems like New York's Adirondack Park, Vermont's Long Trail, and Maine's Baxter State Park and surrounding 100-Mile Wilderness
  • Foremost bird breeding ground in North America
  • Headwaters of major rivers like the Hudson, Connecticut and Kennebec
  • America's original fiber basket; home to high quality northern hardwoods and innovative value-added processing to produce high-end wood products

Conservation Threats & Opportunities

The Northern Forest has traditionally been held in private hands, with the majority of lands owned by large industrial timber companies as source lands for their locally-sited mills. Rising real estate values combined with eroding profits from traditional timber operations have led many of these companies to sell their lands in large parcels sometimes totaling more than a million acres.

The result has been increasing subdivision and parcelization of this great forest. In response, conservation organizations led by the 50-member Northern Forest Alliance have worked with federal, state, and local officials to conserve more than 3 million acres of land. Special places conserved using Forest Legacy and other federal funding include Gulf Hagas in Maine, Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire, Vermont's Nulhegan and Victory Basins, and New York's High Peaks Wilderness.

Take Action

For more information, please visit the Northern Forest Alliance.


EFP Focus Area Contacts

Northern Forest Alliance


Northern Forest Map

Northern Forest Alliance FY07 Conservation Opportunities Publication

Northern Forest Lands Council 10th Anniversary Report