Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Interpretive Plan and Heritage Resource Assessment

Authored by Bruce Jacobson
Sponsored by Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation.

An interpretive plan for Allagash Wilderness Waterway, located in northern Maine, articulates a purpose and thematic framework for communicating messages about “the Allagash.” Recommended actions address management’s goals; respond to inherent possibilities and constraints; build on current efforts; take advantage of interpretive opportunities; and identify audiences. The plan proposes actions and resources for educators.

A heritage resource assessment identifies properties and objects associated with the Waterway in seven historic and cultural resource categories. Proposed management actions help carry out provisions of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands strategic and management plans, consistent with Bureau policy and best management practices. In general, policy requires managers to “protect, monitor, and treat” historic and cultural resources under their care.

8-1/2 x 11”, 360 pages.

Media prompted by the report

“Bill Green’s Maine: The Allagash is a place good for the soul

“WERU Public Affairs: Talk of the towns

“Bangor Daily News: Allagash Wilderness Waterway resource assessment released

Here’s What People are Saying

Waters of the Allagash run deep. For hundreds of centuries before Europeans arrived, the Wabanaki people lived along its shores. In recent times, French, English, Irish, and Swedes lived and worked along its course. “Sports” hired local guides to partake its legendary hunting and fishing. Storied Lands & Waters will connect you to these many others who have plied these waters with you.
David Putnam, Archaeologist, University of Maine at Presque Isle

If the Allagash Wilderness Waterway had a voice, Storied Lands & Waters would be it. Never before have the heritage resources of the Allagash been so well documented and presented; nor has a blueprint for telling the story been so well conceived.
– Bob McIntosh, National Park Service (retired)

When one travels by canoe, stories flow—vignettes of place by those who were here first, by those who made livings here, and by those seeking their own re-creation here. Storied Lands & Waters is a new vessel for those who travel the Allagash and wish to know more of it.
– Ron Beard, veteran Allagash traveler; Extension Professor Emeritus, University of Maine

As a long-time visitor to the Allagash, I hope Storied Lands & Waters helps its wanderers discover the abiding wonders and sense of well-being the Waterway affords, and inspires their efforts to protect and maintain the Allagash for future generations.
– Amanda Barker, Northern Maine educator; Allagash visitor for some 35+ years

U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie believed passionately in the need to “preserve the Allagash in perpetuity.” Storied Lands & Waters offers a rich study of the several worlds known as “The Allagash,” and ways in which we and future generations may help realize the Senator’s vision.
– Don Nicoll, staff to Senator Muskie’s efforts to create the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The rich historical and cultural resources of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway have inspired visitors and staff for generations. The vision, thematic outlines, and recommendations of Storied Lands & Waters offer a clear path to sustain this inspiration, as well as to preserve the Waterway’s enduring values.
– Sheila McDonald, Deputy Director, Maine State Museum

Storied Lands & Waters marks a milestone in the history of the Allagash. It offers the best possible assessment of the Waterway’s historic and cultural resources, as well as a decade’s worth of interpretive projects to deepen understanding of its enduring importance.
– Don Hudson, President Emeritus, Chewonki Foundation

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