Kennebago Headwaters Project

About the Kennebago Headwaters Project

RLHT has identified 10,308 acres of watershed lands as having the highest conservation priority, comprising four separate tracts, which will be protected as follows:


RLHT plans to acquire and maintain Tract 1, which totals 5,069 acres, as working forests, subject to a conservation easement that prohibits the development, fully protects fish and wildlife habitat, restocks the forest, and increases carbon storage. RLHT acquired the 1,753-acre Tract 2 in early 2022 and is creating an eco-reserve out of these lands, which will protect them from development and allow them to revert to a natural condition. Tracts 3 and 4 combined are 3,486 acres which a private conservation buyer will acquire and then place both tracts under a conservation easement.


In addition to its ecological objectives, a goal of the Kennebago Headwaters Project is to preserve in perpetuity traditional modes of public recreational access, thus ensuring continued use and enjoyment by anglers, hunters, paddlers, birders, and others.

Support this Project

Make a donation directly to the conservation of the Kennebago’s headwaters.

Kennebago Headwaters Project Map


Flyover the Kennebago

The name “Kennebago” comes from the language of Maine’s indigenous people, the Wabanaki, and refers to a land of sweet flowing waters.


For millennia, Kennebago was a hallowed place for the Wabanaki to harvest fish—native brook trout and Arctic char—along with the watershed’s abundant game resources. 


For Land Conservation Inquiries

Shelby Rousseau

Shelby Rousseau

Deputy Director | Director of Stewardship