RESTORE: The North Woods


Mission Statement

The mission of RESTORE: The North Woods is to create national parks, save natural forests, and protect endangered wildlife in New England and beyond.


"A group of conservationists...decided to stop reacting and instead become more proactive in defense of the wild. They started an organization called RESTORE; not an anagram, just banking on the strength of the word to inspire." — Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land
RESTORE is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1992 by veteran conservationists and grassroots activists. We are grassroots based, using advocacy, public education, and citizen activism to address the root causes of our ecological crisis — not just the symptoms.
Create Parks
America is losing native wildlife and habitats, climate-stabilizing forests, and public open space to development at an alarming rate. A bold expansion of our National Park System could help address all three of these crises. RESTORE is leading an effort to assist new park initiatives across the country, to build a grassroots national parks coalition, and to rally public support for action to expand our parks. 
Save Forests
Climate scientists confirm that fighting climate change requires not only reining in fossil fuel burning, but also maximizing maximize carbon storage by protecting more standing forests. Yet, most of our forests are open to logging. The U.S. Forest Service seeks to “restore” an area of national forests larger than New York and Missouri combined by logging them. RESTORE is opposing destructive logging on state and federal lands, and supporting new laws to give them permanent protection.
Protect Wildife
Biologists are calling for as much as 50 percent of the Earth to be preserved to avoid mass plant and wildlife extinctions. One-third of American species are vulnerable. But less than 6 percent of the conterminous United States is safely within national parks and other nature preserves. RESTORE is working to protect imperiled wildlife by preserving their habitats and using laws such as the Endangered Species Act to promote their recovery.

Our Successes

  • Campaigned for 3.2-million Maine Woods National Park & Preserve, laying the groundwork for President Obama's  2016 designation Katahdin Woods Woods and Waters National Monument
  • Filed petitions that led to the protection of the Atlantic salmon and Canada lynx under the federal Endangered Species Act
  • Won a lawsuit protecting pristine Loon Pond from ski area development in the White Mountain National Forest
  • Won legal protection for a rare old-growth forest on Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts
  • Helped to lead a coalition that saved Henry David Thoreau's birthplace
  • Stopped a proposal to increase motorized access to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Took legal action which has held back massive real-estate development around Maine's beautiful Moosehead Lake
  • Pioneered efforts to restore the wolf to the Northeastern United States
  • Launched the New National Parks campaign to help grassroots groups expand parks across America

Program Details

RESTORE's major programs include:
• Defend Massachusetts public forest lands and lead a statewide campaign to pass bills in the Legislature, to protect state-owned forests and curtail public biomass subsidies.
• Defend the Maine Woods from destructive logging and development and continue advocating for an expanded Maine Woods National Park & Preserve.
• Build public support to lay the groundwork for a nationwide campaign for new national and state parks in the Maine Woods, elsewhere in New England, and across the country.
Primary Issue
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
31 Greenridge Lane
Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773
United States
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