With over 66,000 acres, Maine Woods is an exceptional outdoor recreational experience. AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative provided our community – donors, staff, volunteers, stewards, partners and others – with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime landscape scale conservation opportunity. A cohesive strategy helps to advance and sustain this beautiful wilderness while wisely leveraging every dollar of the $52,000,000 AMC has invested thus far.
Today Maine Woods has approximately 100 miles of some of the best wilderness trails. From back country escapes to wide logging roads – there are a variety of levels and conditions to meet the diverse needs of hikers, bikers, and cross country skiers. AMC’s current lodges – Little Lyford Pond Camp and Gorman Chairback Lodge – saw significant new investment, construction and renovation projects during the past few years. AMC’s Maine staff works hard to provide our guests with comfortable accommodations, wilderness programming, delicious meals and AMC “high-mountain hospitality”.
As the great word on AMC’s Maine Woods spreads – reported by guests, blogs, television shows, magazines and newspapers – so grows Maine Woods occupancy. This year, over 6,000 guests will experience the excitement and fun of this stunningly beautiful wilderness.
In addition to being an unparalleled outdoor escape, Maine Woods also contributes greatly to the outdoor economy. Restaurants, shops, local inns and sporting gear outfitters have all benefited from the spending by thousands of AMC Maine Woods visitors. It has been reported that Maine Woods guests spend approximately $120 on average in the local community. As more and more guests experience Maine Woods, the outdoor economy multiplier will increase as AMC adds more trails and new facilities to accommodate the demand. AMC’s investment and strategy in the Maine Woods also includes a considerable sustainable forestry operation.
A portion of the AMC acreage is available for sustainable timber harvesting. This forestry operation continues the rich tradition of Maine forestry while bringing in important revenue to support the larger Maine Woods land management operation. We will also continue to work on our recreational trails infrastructure in the 100 mile wilderness. The Maine Woods trails infrastructure will provide exciting trails and outdoor experiences – appealing to broad group of outdoor enthusiasts. AMC trails will provide connections to regional trails infrastructure, fostering outstanding outdoor adventures.
We will continue to collaborate with our great partners – including the Town of Greenville, Piscataquis County, the State of Maine and others to continue to position Maine as an outstanding leader in outdoor recreation. Our staff and volunteers are working with government and partner organizations to develop new branding and promotional strategies to continue to build the region’s brand identity and brand leadership in the outdoors.
Maine Woods has succeeded thanks to a robust outdoor recreational plan and conservation leadership strategy. Thanks to the continued support of incredibly generous stewards, partners and supporters, Maine Woods will continue to thrive and have a positive impact on Maine’s outdoor economy.