Wildlife Refuge

In 2013, the High Peaks Alliance hosted a series of community forums seeking public input on a High Peaks National Wildlife Refuge.The forums were hosted in the towns of Phillips, Rangeley, and Carrabassett Valley and featured Paul Casey and Ian Drew, of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. The High Peaks Alliance presented a short slide show introducing the wildlife refuge proposal as a new conservation opportunity that can protect future public access for planned trail systems, hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related activities.


Trail Groups working together on the West Saddleback Connector Multi-use Trail

The direct positive impacts on the local, regional and state economy are plentiful: outdoor tourism, hotel occupancy levels, general stores, retail shopping venues, food establishments, the list is endless. There are also many indirect benefits that we may not think about in our day-to-day lives of what a national wildlife refuge in the region may accomplish.

Bill Durkin, President

The Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

The Board of Directors of the High Peaks Alliance invites all citizens of Franklin County to join us in examining the pros and cons of creating a new National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in the High Peaks area. Open public conversation is necessary before local people can decide whether to pursue a new NWR. The purpose of this report is to introduce the proposal and to answer the questions we anticipate our fellow citizens will ask. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please contact us so that we can help find the answers.


View of High Peaks from Mt Abram

Establishment of a new National Wildlife Refuge in the High Peaks region is a conservation opportunity that appears to address our number one concern – the loss of traditional public recreational access for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, hiking and similar activities.

Please join us in further careful and deliberate study of this once-in-a-generation conservation and economic opportunity. Help decide whether we can Keep a way of life: hunting, fishing, and trails for future generations, by planning a new High Peaks National Wildlife Refuge.

Follow the links below to see:

Basic Information about the project,

Frequently Asked Questions about:

ATV and Snowmobile Riding, Hiking/Skiing/Biking,


Hunting, Fishing and Guides,


Logging and Development,

Differences between National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and National Forests, NWR Management,

What some local people and organizations are saying about People and Wildlife,

Or, contact us, if you have a question which is not addressed by this website and we will do our best to help you find an answer.

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