Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Engineer: Amy Browne
Community concerns and opportunities: Storied Lands and Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Key Discussion Points:
What is the history of the Allagash River and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW)—including wilderness waterway designation and state management?
What is the “present status” of the AWW and how is used, how is it “cared for” and managed?
What led the Department of Conservation and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation to undertake the several resource assessment and planning process?
What are the main natural, historic and cultural resources reported in Storied Lands and Waters?
What are the main threats to the historic and cultural resources of AWW?
What are the key recommendations for protection and interpretation of these resources?
Bruce Jacobson, Planning Consultant and author of the report
Don Hudson, Board Member, Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation
Cindy Bastey, Bureau of Public Lands, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
About Storied Lands and Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Maine State Library’s digitalmaine repository at digitalmaine.com/awwf/ has 4 project documents available for download:
Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway: Interpretive Plan and Heritage Resource Assessment by Bruce Jacobson
Allagash Wilderness Waterway Sample Lesson Plans by Bruce Jacobson
Allagash Wilderness Waterway Bibliography by Bruce Jacobson
Allagash Waterway Watersheds Map, by James W. Sewall Company, created at Bruce Jacobson’s request
Paperback hard copies of the Storied Lands & Waters report can be purchased from Amazon
About the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Visit the AWW website at www.maine.gov/allagash if you are interested in or planning to visit the Waterway. The AWW map and guide, camping information and fees, rules governing watercraft and use of the waterway, photographs of campsites in Google Earth, and a series of nine videos (via YouTube) showing different aspects of an Allagash trip are all available on this site. For an information packet, contact the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Northern Region Parks Office, 106 Hogan Road, Suite 7, Bangor, ME 04401. Telephone (207) 941-4014
About the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation
The AWW Foundation was created in 2012 to build a community of support for this exceptional and remote public resource, and to raise funds to supplement state funding. Its focus areas of interest include youth access to the Waterway, resource interpretation and education, Foundation support for the protection of important adjacent lands, and capital projects to enhance the experience of the Waterway. Learn more about the Foundation at www.awwf.org. Email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org; or write to them at P.O. Box 1211, Bath, ME 04530
About the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL)
The Bureau of Parks and Lands is a division of the Maine Department of Agriculture and Forestry. BPL manages state parks, including the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, state historic sites, public reserved lands, boating facilities and off-road vehicle trails. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands web address is www.ParksAndLands.com.