The Conservation Fund purchased the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest in Piscataquis County, Maine, through our Working Forest Fund® for $18.5 million from Conservation Resources, LLC. Under our temporary ownership, we will sustainably manage the property, allowing AMC time to raise the remaining $10 million needed to bring the working forestland into permanent ownership and protection, and an additional $5 million for stewardship of the land.

As part of our Working Forest Fund — which utilizes and recycles bridge capital to protect large, ecologically and economically important forestland from fragmentation — the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest will sustain local and regional mills while simultaneously improving habitat, generating perpetual returns to support the land and remaining open to the public for recreation.


The Pleasant River Headwaters Forest is a keystone tract in Maine’s North Words; a “hole in the doughnut,” according to AMC. Permanent conservation of this property will ensure it always remains a forest and that the West and Middle Branches of the Pleasant River watersheds, which serve as a critical designated habitat for Atlantic salmon and native brook trout, are forever safeguarded.

Maine’s vast forests, along with its coasts, rivers and mountains define the state’s way of life. Keeping the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest property as a working forest will ensure a permanent conservation solution that meets the needs of people, protects wildlife habitat and provides economic benefits to the region now and into the future.


The Conservation Fund is actively raising funds for a permanent conservation solution for these lands. For more information about how you can support the conservation of Pleasant River Headwaters Forest, please contact Rachael Joiner.