North Maine Woods Ashland Maine
Welcome to the North Maine Woods - Multiple Ownership - Multiple Use Management Area. The private forest landowners and state governmental agencies cooperating in this program are pleased you have chosen to visit our web site. It is designed to help you have a safe and pleasant trip in the area, plus provide you with valuable information on forest resource management and recreational use.

The area provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for over 100,000 visitors each year while at the same time providing renewable forest resources which are a major part of Maine's economy. Harvesting wood products and providing recreation are compatible if managed properly. Providing proper management of day use and camping is the main goal of the North Maine Woods organization.

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The following roads are expected to be plowed until harvest contracts are filled:
*Golden Road to Telos to Chamberlain Bridge 
*Chamberlain Bridge to Pinkham Road junction 
*Pinkham Road from 522 Road to Ashland 
*Craigville Road, 20 Mile Road from Masardis to Pinkham Road
*Chamberlain Bridge to Grand Chermain Road
*Grand Chermain Road to Narrow Pond Road 
*490 Road by 5th St. John to Baker Lake Road
*Poulin Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Realty Road 
*St. Juste Connector from St. Juste Road to Realty Road 
*Cyr Road from Poulin Road to St. Juste Road
*From 522 Road over Johns Bridge to Thoroughfare Brook 
*Indian Pond Road towards Lock Dam/Eagle Lake 
*Oxbow Road from Oxbow to Pinkham Road
*Rocky Brook Road from Portage to the St. Francis connection and to Mile 41
*Robinson Road from St. Pamphile to Estcourt/Irving Road 
*Estcourt Road mile 1-32
*Estcourt Road Mile 19 to Blanchette Road
*Realty Road from 6 Mile to Musquacook
*Musquacook corner past Clayton Lake towards St. John River 
*St. Pamphile to St. John River Bridge 
*St. John River Bridge to Musquacook Stream & T12 R10
*Clayton Lake to St. Pamphile via 17 Mile and Boulevard Road. 
*From Realty Road by 2nd Musquacook to Blanchette Road 
*St. Francis Road from St. Francis to the Rocky Brook Road 
*Hewes Brook Road from Rocky Brook Road to mile 11
*Depot Lake road from St. Pamphile to Daaquam Road 
*Brailey Brook Road From St. Juste Road to St. Aurelie Road
*Camp 106 Road
*Baker Lake Road miles 24-27. 
*St. Francis Lake Road 
Roads outside North Maine Woods:
*Blackstone Road Just until into January
*Beaver Brook Road Just until into January
*St. Croix Road 
*Number 9 Road/Hannington Road to Old Monticello Road 

From our contacts we understand the following roads may not be plowed:
*McClusky Brook Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Churchill Dam.
*Ragmuff Road by Caucomgomoc to St. Juste
*Chase Brook Road from Pinkham to Jack Mountain
*522 Road north From Pell & Pell Road junction to Churchill Dam
*Crossover road between Pinkham Road and 522 Road
*Pell& Pell Road to 522 Road
*Island Pond Road to Pell & Pell only plowed until the first of year
*Hewes Brook Road from Mile 11 to St. Francis Road
*The Inn Road from Allagash to Schedule Brook
*Duck Pond Road
*Grand Lake Road
*Camp Violette Road

ATTENTION SNOWMOBILERS in the North Maine Woods:
Off-Trail riders should always follow these basic rules:
• Stay off all plowed roads. Riding on plowed roads is illegal, and presents a serious safety hazard. Forest roads represent a significant investment and are intended solely for transporting wood and equipment. These roads may be in use 24/7 and are no place for sleds or parked private vehicles and trailers. If your vehicle or trailer blocks a road or interferes with plowing, it may be towed at your expense.
• The same goes for log yards. They may be empty when you arrive, but they are never intended to be parking lots for pickup trucks and trailers, they are for loading wood headed to the marketplace or as a turnaround area for logging trucks. 
• Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedlings, natural regenerating forest, or any number of obstacles or hazards. If you’re unsure, check locally or just don’t go. Landowners are busy keeping their operations moving and can't provide sledding updates to wannabee off-trail riders. Check with locals, or better yet-
• Hire a guide. This is the first suggestion when people ask about off-trail riding. Guides are generally well connected to the forest landowners, know local conditions and can certainly help provide a high quality off-trail experience. There are also several lodges and outfitters in Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions.
• Ride Responsibly; don’t jeopardize snowmobilers’ (your) welcome to utilize private land.
• Lastly- Respect Landowners. Access to these lands is a privilege, not a right. Every piece of land, even in remote woods, is owned by someone.

Update on the Activities of The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council
December 12, 2019, by Al Cowperthwaite
This week there was a meeting of the MWCC Board of Directors. Attending: President- Steve Michaud, Vice President- Frank Short, Treasurer -Don Kleiner, Bert Goodman, Bob Parker, Erin Merrill and Al Cowperthwaite.
As many of you may know, the MWCC consists of many people involved with the defeat of the 2014 bear referendum. They have remained organized and engaged with an expectation that the Humane Society will return again to challenge Maine sportsmen on our hunting and trapping heritage. The members represent the Maine Trappers Association, Maine Sporting Dog Association, North Maine Woods, Grand Lake Stream Guides Association, Maine Professional Guides Association, Sportsmen’s Alliance and countless individual guides and outfitters.
When Maine was last challenged by HSUS, it took over six months to get organized and raise the initial $100,000 to pay the costs of defending ourselves before major fundraising got underway. This time we’re determined to be prepared on day one when the challenge arrives- we’ll have an organization in place, people who are experienced to conduct a campaign and at least $500,000 already available to support a defensive effort. In 2014, $2.4 million was spent to defend our means of hunting, so once we meet our goal, we’ll already be one fifth the way there.
As we reported a year ago, the MWCC held $30,000 in a dedicated account and four other organizations jointly held similar accounts totaling $130,000. Our joint goal one year ago was to bring the total to one third of our $500,000 goal ($166,000).
As reported last night, the total in the MWCC account doubled over the last year, and when combined with accounts held in the Maine Professional Guide’s Association SOS Fund, by Maine Trappers Association, Maine Sporting Dog Association and by North Maine Woods, the total now exceeds $235,000! We are almost half way to our goal!
Members of the MWCC are limited in our fundraising mechanisms. We are not a membership organization looking for individual memberships, because we do not want to negatively impact organizations that are. We do have a business membership program, but we do not ask for sponsorships from businesses that support other sportsmen’s organizations, because we do not want to be in competition with them. Last year we conducted an on-line raffle as well as held raffles at the sportsmen’s shows in Orono and Presque Isle.
MWCC will be staffing booths at both the Presque Isle and Orono shows in March so please feel welcome to stop by. If you are interested in really getting involved, the next meeting of the MWCC is scheduled for February 25th, 6 to 8 pm at the Penobscot County Conservation Association Clubhouse in Brewer.
If you would like more information, or if you’d like to consider helping in some way, please contact me or one of the other board members. Al Cowperthwaite This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 207-227-2851.

Driving Safely on Privately Owned Forest Roads:
All roads within the North Maine Woods are privately built and owned primarily for the purpose of managing and moving forest products.
The private landowners are willing to share their roads with members of the general public in order to visit the region’s many lakes and ponds and other natural resources for the purposes of hiking, hunting, fishing and berry picking to name a few.
o Travel at posted speeds but no more than 45 miles per hour.
o Keep to the right when approaching a corner or cresting a hill.
o When dusty conditions exist, please wait for the dust to clear before proceeding.
o When approaching active equipment near the roadside wait for acknowledgement from equipment operators before proceeding to pass.
Thank you!!!

Helping Solve the Mystery of Maine Forest Products Week

Understanding Public Access to Private Working Forests in
Maine (Please click on Link below)

Current Allagash Waterway Conditions:

North Maine Woods has raised the minimum age that requires visitors to pay fees from age fifteen to age eighteen for both the North Maine Woods and the KI Jo-Mary Forest. There has been a trend towards fewer young people hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping in the Maine woods, so perhaps this change will have a positive impact on this trend.

Another change is half price camping in the Deboullie Township which is owned by Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. Located about ten miles south of St. Francis and thirty miles northwest of Portage, this area has undergone significant improvements to its 30 campsites and over 30 miles of hiking trails.   In cooperation with Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, NMW landowners have reduced the NMW regular camping fees by half (for the Deboullie Township only) to help attract people to experience the improvements made to this area.