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    GPMCT’s Strategic Guide is here!

    GPMCT’s Strategic Guide for 2016-18 is hot off the press. GPMCT staff and Board members worked hard during the past year doing nearly 50 community interviews and gathering feedback to inform our new strategic plan, that will guide us through 2018. This Guide is the roadmap we’ll use for the next three years—which will no […]

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    Orland to vote on dam removal June 14

    Orland residents will get a chance to decide the fate of their head-of-tide dam in Orland Village on town election day June 14. The Orland Dam Committee is recommending that residents choose one of two options: Keep the dam and be willing to pay for annual maintenance and fish ladder upkeep, or accept funding being […]

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    Doug Tallamy in Blue Hill

    In collaboration, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon, Island Heritage Trust, and Wild Seed Project are excited to bring Author Doug Tallamy to Blue Hill, Maine, Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm. See Events page for more details.

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    Support wildlife habitat, recreational trails, clean water and working forests in western Hancock County. What better gift to give your community! Give Online, download a Membership Form, or go to our Ways of Giving Page to learn more! Memberships make a great gift, too – we’ll send a card, newsletter and Wildlands map to the recipient.

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The Wildlands

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in 2005, and added another 200 acres in 2012/13. GPMCT manages the Wildlands for wildlife habitat, recreation, education and sustainable forestry. The property is open to the public year-round for a variety of uses.

Visit the About the Wildlands page to get an overview on the Wildlands property and its purchase, and allowable uses.

Visit the Wildlands Maps and Guidelines page to download a Wildlands map or a hiking guide, or to link to the Bucksport Family Snowmobile Club map.

Have a question about how the Wildlands is managed or what’s there? At the Wildlands Policies and Plans page, you can download our Hunting Policy or look at our Natural Resource Inventory or Wildlands Management Plan.

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Wildlands maps are available online on the Wildlands Maps & Guidelines page or at the Wildlands gates, when we can stock them. NEW this summer, get your 18×20″ full color Wildlands Trail Guide, with a big map, trail descriptions and fun family adventures. To get your copy, send $3 and an SASE to GPMCT, PO Box […]

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Following an old European tradition, eight letterboxes have now been placed in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.  To find letterboxes, follow directions provided on cards at the North and South Gate kiosks, or download by clicking Letterbox Clues. Inside the wooden letterbox, you’ll find a waterproof box with supplies for recording your visit. Follow the […]

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Baker Brook Shelter


The Wildlands is open for camping year-round at two designated campsites. Baker Brook is only about a mile’s hike from North Gate, and is suitable for small or large groups with a lean-to and 3-4 tent sites, plus a pit toilet and fire ring. Mitchville is about 1.5 miles from South Gate, and is ideal […]

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Discover Wildlands Hiking – 15 miles of gravel trails open year-round to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and snowmobilers. To get away from it all, take a quiet footpath to the top of Flag Hill, the shore of Dead River, or the summit of kid-friendly Bump Hill. Dogs allowed ON LEASH. Visit our Maps and Guidelines page […]

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Find it

Driving Directions to the Wildlands: To South Gate, Rte. 1, East Orland: From downtown Bucksport, follow Rte. 1 north 8 miles to Wildlands South Gate (just south of Rte. 176 intersection). From Blue Hill peninsula, follow Rte. 15 north to Rte. 1, turn right, follow Rte. 1 north for 3.9 miles. From downtown Ellsworth, follow […]

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