The Acadian Region

Acadia National Park has a long legacy of conservation…

View from hiking trail at Acadia National Park

View from hiking trail at Acadia National Park

Large landscape conservation initiatives (also known as regional or landscape-scale initiatives) characteristically involve a mosaic of properties, in many cases owned and managed by a combination of public, private, non-profit and academic institutions and individuals. The Acadian region is an excellent site for study of large landscape conservation. Historically, some of the most significant conservation innovations that emerged from the United States and Canada took shape in this region. New initiatives, such as the Two Countries, One Forest (2C1F) initiative, showcase recent evolution in conservation that includes consideration of economic incentives, working lands and sustainability certification, ecosystem services such as carbon offsets, and cultural values.

The Acadian Region already includes several notable conservation areas that are candidates for study and intern placement. These include Acadia National Park, the Donnell Pond unit managed by the State of Maine, resources at the mouth of the St. Croix River that are shared by the U.S. and Canada, and importantly, some 1.4 million contiguous acres of conserved working forest properties that span the U.S./Canadian border in an area north of the mouth of the St. Croix. The region also includes two international parks that are jointly managed by U.S. and Canadian agencies: Roosevelt Campobello International Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

The conserved lands in the region – ranging from tiny sites to expansive parks – are owned and managed by a mix of public, private, non-profit and academic institutions. Two Native American tribes (Passamaquoddy and Penobscot) have lands within or bordering the Acadian region within Maine, and many Micmac and Maliseet reserves are located across the St. Croix River in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Upon this richly-layered social, cultural, and natural landscape, the Acadian Interns learn, work, play, and communicate – all with the goal of furthering our understanding of large landscape conservation and bringing those lessons forward as the next generation of public, private and non-profit conservation leaders.


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