Maine's Cold Stream Forest transfers to state ownership

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2015


Wolfe Tone, The Trust for Public Land, 207-772-7424,

Jeff Reardon, Trout Unlimited, 207-615-9200,


The Forks, MAINE The Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited today announced the purchase of the Cold Stream forest, a 8,159-acre property near the The Forks which will provide public access and protect habitat for deer and wild brook trout, including more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area and seven wild brook trout ponds.

The two organizations paid $7.34 million to buy the land from Weyerhauser, and transferred it to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF), Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL). It will become part of the states Public Reserve Lands system.

For generations the economy and culture of northern Maine has been tied to the land, said Wolfe Tone, Maine Director of The Trust for Public Land. Our mission is to protect land for people and this purchase will make sure future generations can enjoy the rich experiences this property has to offer. It is a great example of what can be achieved when sportsmen and sportswomen, business owners, conservationists, and state and federal agencies come together.

Maine fishermen have long known about the importance of Cold Streams trout. More than a decade ago, Trout Unlimited (TU) and the state identified the property as a priority. It protects the trout fishery in the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, seven undeveloped ponds which make up the headwaters of Cold Stream, along with 5 miles of Cold Stream itself. The trout fishery is uniquely healthy, functioning much as it did before European settlement.

I heard about the trout resources in Cold Stream long before I ever fished there, said Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Director for Trout Unlimited. Cold Stream is one of the most pristine watersheds for brook trout in the nation, and whether you prefer fishing tiny brooks, undeveloped ponds, or the brawling Kennebec River, this purchase protects the habitat that supplies those fish.

Our team in Maine has been proud to manage this land for many years and we always recognized and worked hard to protect the very special habitats and resources in the area, said Luke Muzzy, Senior Land Manager for Weyerhaeuser. With this sale, we are pleased that these lands and waterways will be conserved forever to benefit wildlife habitat and provide recreational access.

The $7.34 million came from the US Forest Services Forest Legacy Program (FLP) and the Land for Maines Future Program (LMF). The federal program, which is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, provided $5.5 million with the strong support of Maines congressional delegation. LMF provided an additional $1.5 million toward the $7.34 M project.

Our environment is an integral part of both our states identity and its economy, which is why we all have a responsibility to work together to preserve our natural resources for the benefit of generations to come, said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. In protecting the Cold Stream Forest, we are taking another step forward in building on the long and proud traditions of conservation, public access to recreation, and working forests in our state that support jobs. We applaud The Trust for Public Land for their work in preserving this beautiful and vibrant area, and we pledge to continue to support federal initiatives, like the Forest Legacy Program, that help make these projects possible.

Cold Stream is the first completed project to be supported by LMF under new guidelines that place increased emphasis on conserving northern Maine Deer Wintering Areas.

LMF has always been important to sportsman, but we have worked hard to expand the LMF Program to place more emphasis on properties important to carrying on Maines sporting traditions, including protecting the northern Maine deer herd, said David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsmans Alliance of Maine. This is a landmark day for conserving land for everyday Mainers.

Cold Stream is a special place, said Joe Kruse, owner of Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins. Guests from Lake Parlin Lodge have been heading over Parlin Mountain to cast flies for trout, track deer, and call moose for over a hundred years. Businesses like mine benefit directly from traditional public access to the ponds, streams and trails around Cold Stream.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live within a 10-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit

Trout Unlimited is the nations oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North Americas trout and salmon and their watersheds. TU has more than 150,000 members nationwide, and 1,800 members organized into five chapters in Maine. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our blog for all the latest information on trout and salmon conservation.