Recreation

The Pingree family feels strongly about continuing the tradition of responsible public use of private forestlands. As a testament to this belief, Seven Islands co-founded the North Maine Woods, Inc. (NWM) management organization in 1971 and has participated ever since. NMW actively manages day use and camping on 3.5 million acres (14,000 km2) of forest land in northwestern Maine. Almost all of Seven Islands’ land in northern Maine is within North Maine Woods. The few northern Maine townships outside of North Maine Woods are open for day use, but not camping

We recommend that you contact NMW prior to your visit. You may link to NMW at www.northmainewoods.org, or call 207.435.6213. NMW’s website is one of the most frequently visited sites for people considering a trip to Northern Maine.

We echo NMW’s reminder to visitors: "Please remember that the roads into this region were constructed by the private owners of the lands for the purpose of transporting forest products. All logging trucks have the right of way and you should always be conscience of their presence. All users of the road systems agree to pass at their own risk and are asked to follow the "Rules of the Road". Also note that ATV's and horses are prohibited within North Maine Woods as well all other lands managed by Seven Islands Land Company. Other activities that are prohibited include: snowmobiling on plowed roads and gold panning of any form. We expect visitors to “carry in- carry out”, respect other users, and of course, abide by the law."

Lands managed by Seven Islands in the greater Rangeley region are similarly open to the public. Pedestrian and water access are allowed virtually everywhere, though vehicular traffic is prohibited in certain locations. Camping is allowed at designated sites (some of which are “remote, water access”) managed by local campgrounds. We ask that you help maintain the privilege of using these and other lands by respecting gates where you incur them.

Forest recreation, when managed and conducted properly is compatible with growing and harvesting forest products. We thank you for your cooperation

Rules of the Road for Industrial Logging Roads

These rules apply to all road users.

1. Obey all posted speed limits and signs: Maximum speed 45 MPH

2. Seat belt use mandatory for all operators.

3. Be prepared to stop at all checkpoints and reduce speed not to exceed 10MPH.

4. Lights on for safety.

5. In areas of limited visibility always drive on the right side of the road and reduce speed.

6. All drivers must have a valid state or provincial driver’s license with the appropriate rating for the vehicle they are operating.

7. All vehicles yield right of way to loaded trucks.

All traffic yield to equipment working in road, pass only after operator’s acknowledgement.

8. For additional safety, drivers should use MURS radios to call out mile markers and landmarks. Be aware that communication systems are sometimes unreliable and are not a substitute for prudent driving. Marine Radios are not allowed!

9. Drivers must be in control of their vehicles at all times.

10. All vehicles operating on logging roads must be in mechanically safe condition for the work that is being accomplished.

11. Load weights must be within the safe design capacity of the truck.

12. All pieces of wood must be below the height of a minimum of two stakes.

13. A minimum of two chains or straps must be used to secure each tier of wood.

( Tree length loads are required to have a minimum of three chains or straps.)

These are minimum standards on industrial logging roads. Appropriate local, state and provincial laws apply to all other road systems.