North Maine Woods Ashland Maine
Welcome to the North Maine Woods - Multiple Ownership - Multiple Use Management Area. The private forest landowners and state governmental agencies cooperating in this program are pleased you have chosen to visit our web site. It is designed to help you have a safe and pleasant trip in the area, plus provide you with valuable information on forest resource management and recreational use.

The area provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for over 100,000 visitors each year while at the same time providing renewable forest resources which are a major part of Maine's economy. Harvesting wood products and providing recreation are compatible if managed properly. Providing proper management of day use and camping is the main goal of the North Maine Woods organization.

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Unsportsmanlike Behavior may Jeopardize Public Use of Private Land
                                                Tree Damage Photo
Not all visitors to the NMW region are of sound judgement, so unfortunately this post is necessary.  Pictured above is one of several planted trees that were intentionally damaged by blasts from a shotgun.   Whenever you are utilizing private land for any purpose, the trees on that land are property of the landowner.  Damage to those trees is considered "property damage" and can result in fines, restitution, banishment and/or criminal trespass.  This behavior is no different than someone intentionally shooting road signs or cutting trees without permission.  We strongly urge all sportsmen and women to respect the property of private landowners, because this is the type of behavior that will greatly jeopardize public use of private land in the future.  Please use good judgement when visiting the NMW region and don't be afraid to report those who are not.   
    
 

Current Road Conditions/Closures:
*Tuesday, October 19th:  The culvert on Five Mile Hill (1 mile east of Caribou Checkpoint) will be replaced and will be completed the following day (October 20th). The road will be closed for short periods of time and the construction crew will work as quickly as possible to get vehicles through.  Finding alternative routes is recommended.
*Wednesday, October 20th:  The Hewes Brook Rd will be closed from 26 Mile to the St Francis Rd.  The road will be posted, so please plan accordingly. 
*Over the next few weeks please expect delays and closures on the following road systems:
St. Francis
Wallagrass
Hewes Brook
There will be signage in place when the roads are closed.

Attention Moose Hunters:

North Maine Woods has working with Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Department to establish locations for moose hunting parties to camp this fall.
With the increase in moose hunting permits, as related to the Adaptive Cow hunt in the western portion of WMD4, there will be a significant increase in the number of hunting parties needing a place to park campers.  Please click on the following link for a map of additional locations to park campers during the moose hunt: Adaptive Moose Hunt Campsite Information 2021

Here are a few important things to know about Moose Hunting within the NMW Region: 
- Game Cameras are allowed for the purpose of recording animals within North Maine Woods. Camera owners do so at their own risk. Harvest or road building crews make changes in the area but can’t be held responsible for someone's cameras.
- Tree stands or ground blinds are allowed as long as no trees are cut for that purpose or to create shooting lanes. It is also illegal to insert nails or any other items into trees. Tree stands can be fastened with chains or straps. All tree stands and blinds have to have the owners name and address attached and must be removed at the end of hunting season. Again, landowners or harvest operators take no responsibility should ladders or blinds become damaged during forest management activities.
- Camping. Please see the above link "Adaptive Moose Hunt Campsite Locations" for camping opportunities in WMD 4, west half. Camping locations are primarily openings where campers can be parked during the moose hunt weeks. The locations are signed with green and white signage. The many landowners in this district have agreed to allow moose hunters to camp where ever there is a place to get off the main road, as long as they do not use their campers to block side roads which need to be accessible in case of fire or if landowner representatives have a need to access the property they manage.
- Litter and human waste. Most of the property open to moose hunting is privately owned. Please do not leave litter or garbage behind. While we are making an effort to install outhouses at some larger camping locations, hunters will have to be prepared at most single or smaller locations to manage their own waste disposal.
- Camp fires. No campfires are allowed at the "Adaptive Moose Hunt Campsite Locations" in WMD 4.
- Blocking side roads. It is against Maine law to block a side/spur road without landowner permission. All landowners within North Maine Woods have jointly agreed not to provide exclusive access to specific roads to anyone for the purpose of hunting.
- Trucks and workers have the right of way on the private roads within the North Maine Woods region. Most truck drivers are compensated by the amount of wood they move in a day, so if they are held up because someone parked in the road while chasing a moose, partridge or other game, it impacts their livelihood. The problem is compounded by several hunting parties blocking their way in the same day or the same hour. “It’s similar to having someone at your own worksite making your work day difficult.”
- There are no services in WMD 4. Extra spare tires and tire repair kits are recommended. There are no gas stations so vehicle travel and extra fuel needs should be a major consideration when planning your hunt.
- Land Use fees. North Maine Woods is a non-profit organization which operates on the fees collected from users of the region. Providing staffed checkpoints which are open many hours each day, seven days per week for seven months is costly. None of the fees go towards road maintenance or to area landowners.


Helpful Moose Hunting Links:
Moose Hunting-MDIFW
https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/hunting-laws/moose.html

Adaptive Moose Hunt
https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/adaptive-unit-moose-hunt.html

Quartering a moose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1ItcstKF0



Attention Moose Hunting Guides:
Commercial guiding of any type requires all Guides to apply for a Commercial Use Permit (CUP), and Guides must carry liability insurance that covers their guiding activities.   If you are new to guiding within the North Maine Woods region and would like more information on the CUP application process, please contact us at 207-435-6213. 

Driving Safely on Privately Owned Forest Roads:

All roads within the North Maine Woods are privately built and owned primarily for the purpose of managing and moving forest products.
The private landowners are willing to share their roads with members of the general public in order to visit the region’s many lakes and ponds and other natural resources.   
ALL LOGGING TRUCKS AND OTHER COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
PLEASE PULL OVER WHEN MEETING THESE VEHICLES.
o Travel with extreme caution on ice-covered roads.   4 wheel drive and or chains are recommended.
o Travel at posted speeds but no more than 45 miles per hour.
o Use a MURS radio to monitor and call out mile markers to on-coming truck traffic
o Keep to the right when approaching a corner or cresting a hill.
o When approaching active equipment near the roadside wait for acknowledgement from equipment operators before proceeding to pass.
Thank you!!!

Maine Moose & Winter Ticks
(Click on link below for information and current status of Maine's moose population)
https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/species-information/mammals/moose-winter-ticks.htm



GPS-enabled Dog Tracking Systems are Creating a Safety Concern for Landowners.  Corrective Action is Required for these Devices to be Allowed Use Within the NMW Region.

If you are using a GPS-enabled dog tracking device such as the Garmin Astro or Garmin Alpha tracking system, be advised that the collars for these systems operate on the same MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) frequencies used by logging trucks for monitoring road traffic.  These collars create audible interference on truck radios that are within range of a collar operating on the same MURS frequency (i.e. channel).  The 5 frequencies used by the MURS radio and Garmin systems are: 

MURS Channel 1 = 151.820 Mhz / MURS Channel 2 = 151.880 Mhz / MURS Channel 3 = 151.940 Mhz

MURS Channel 4 = 154.570 Mhz / MURS Channel 5 = 154.600 Mhz

The first four frequencies (channels 1-4) are used primarily for monitoring road traffic with each road system in the NMW region being assigned a specific MURS channel (see back for road channel list).  MURS Channel 5 has been designated as an acceptable channel for dog collars to operate on. 

It is important that you make sure your dog(s) collars are operating on MURS channel 5, and by no means should a collar be operating on a channel used by the road system you are hunting or traveling on.  To check what channel your dog’s collar has been programmed to operate on, you will need to check the channel number (Alpha system) or Dog ID (Astro system) assigned to the collar by using the following information:

ALPHA SYSTEM:  The first number of the Alpha channel (followed by a Dash Number) indicates which MURS channel the dog collar is using.  For example:  3-29 indicates MURS channel 3 is being utilized, 1-18 indicates MURS channel 1, 2-7 is channel 2, etc.  Therefore anyone using the Alpha system should have a 5 as the first number for that collar.

ASTRO SYSTEM:  The Astro system assigns an ID number (0-49) as opposed to using a channel number like the Alpha system, but the MURS frequency can be determined from the ID number by using the following chart:

                                                Dog ID Number 0-9 (151.820 Mhz)       =   MURS Channel 1

                                                Dog ID Number 10-19 (151.880 Mhz)   =   MURS Channel 2

                                                Dog ID Number 20-29 (151.940 Mhz)   =   MURS Channel 3

                                                Dog ID Number 30-39 (154.570 Mhz)   =   MURS Channel 4

                                                Dog ID Number 40-49 (154.600 Mhz)   =   MURS Channel 5

Collars that are not operating on the proper channel will need to be manually assigned to channel 5 (Alpha) or a Dog ID Number from 40 to 49 (Astro).  Please consult your owner’s manual on how to do this manually or contact the NMW office (435-6213) for assistance.