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Sustainable Development in Northern Maine

Irving Woodlands, LLC has developed a long-term vision for the Fish River chain of lakes (Long Lake, Mud Lake, Cross Lake, and Square Lake) in northern Aroostook County. It addresses ecological resources, working forests, recreation, economic development, and regional planning around the lakes. 

 Irving Woodlands, LLC’s concept plan proposes to re-zone over 51,000 acres for conservation in northern Aroostook County, including over 14,600 acres in a permanent conservation easement.

In its concept plan, Irving Woodlands, LLC proposes to re-zone 51,000 acres to better protect and manage the existing uses of the region and its resources. The Plan will be in effect for 30 years and establish a sustainable framework for both growth and conservation. More than 96 percent of the Plan provides significant long-term protection from development - including over 14,600 acres in a permanent conservation easement and 33,800 acres in restrictive zoning.

Residential development, recreational activities, and forestry have coexisted within the region for decades. 

"The Fish River chain of lakes is as special as any place in the State of Maine," said Anthony Hourihan, Director of Land Development for Irving Woodlands.  ”While the four lakes are connected by a river-like thoroughfare, they all have unique scenic and environmental characteristics."  

Click here for a summary of the proposed Fish River Lakes concept plan.  For more details visit the Maine State Land Use Planning Commission's website.