Association of State Wetland Managers - Protecting the Nation's Wetlands.

The Compleat Wetlander: The Wildest Watershed

       “Once, while driving in a wagon with Dave, up an exceedingly
       wet and rocky backwoods road,  with the water pouring
       down the middle, I asked him how in Aroostook County they
       were able to tell its roads from its rivers. “No beaver dams in
       the roads,” instantly responded Dave.”
                                           –Theodore Roosevelt, 1918

Wetlands are important because they provide environmental services that support sustainable watersheds and a healthy environment.  They are part of a larger pattern.  If they are removed or altered the pattern is changed.  The same is true for streams and lakes and other natural features.

One of the most remote areas of the United States is the northern Maine woods, which includes Moosehead Lake, the 100 mile wilderness, the Allagash Waterway and Baxter State park. 

Thoreau wrote about it  Teddy Roosevelt learned from it.

When the astronauts look down from space at night, it is black.  No light shines there.

It is called wilderness by people from away but not by folks who live there.  Most of it is working land.  Timber has been harvested from the northern Maine woods for two centuries.  But there are few roads and fewer people.  Driving through scrub and trees past lakes and wetlands the views are unhindered by subdivisions and shopping centers.  In the northern Maine woods it is easy to see how land and water combine to make a watershed. 

But pictures tell this story better than words.  So here are a few.

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