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Vision to Reality
The Maine Woods wilderness of the mid-1800s made such a deep impression on Henry David Thoreau that he envisioned it becoming a “national preserve.” Today, thanks to a unique convergence of events, we have a second chance to realize Thoreau’s vision by creating a new Maine Woods National Park and Preserve.

Although the primeval forest has been diminished by a century of logging and is threatened by development through massive land sales, the 10-million acre heart of the Maine Woods still survives as the greatest undeveloped region east of the Rockies. If the people of Maine and America act soon, we can restore this magnificent landscape to health and build a sustainable way of life for the people of this region.

The new National Park would encompass 3.2 million acres, an area larger thanYellowstone and Yosemite combined. The Park would restore native wildlife and ecosystems, protect the headwaters of Maine’s major rivers, provide wilderness recreation on an Alaskan scale, diversify the boom-and-bust local economy, shift control from corporations back to the public, and inspire people across the nation to help save the Maine Woods. The Maine Woods National Park would truly be the “Yellowstone of the East.” As a vast core wilderness, the Park would anchor a system of ecological reserves stretching to the Adirondacks on the west, the Central Appalachians on the south, and Canada on the north.