Photo Credit: Steuart Thomsen

Scientific Forest Management Area

"It has long been my purpose to create in our forests a large area wherein the State may practice the most modern methods of forest control reforestation and production…. I want this township to become a showplace for those interested in forestry, a place where a continuing timber crop can be cultivated, harvested, and sold, where reforestation and scientific cutting will be employed, an example and an inspiration to others. What is done in our forests today will help or harm the generations who follow us."
    - Percival P. Baxter, 1955

Forestry Operations

The SFMA has long been recognized for practicing exemplary forest management, maintaining Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification since 2001. Baxter State Park provides detailed information about the SFMA, including maps, management plans, recreational information, and more on its website.

Hunting in the SFMA

Park donor Percival Baxter designated the SFMA as open to general law hunting and trapping, with the exception that moose hunting and hunting over bait is prohibited. Park Rules 3.1 and 3.2 apply to hunting:

3.1. Hunting and trapping are prohibited within the Park. Use or possession of any firearm, bow and arrow, sling shot, or air rifle or pistol is prohibited. Firearms may be transported through the Park if kept in a car trunk, enclosed in a case or otherwise inaccessible to use. Bows may be transported through the Park if unstrung or enclosed in a case. This Rule does not apply north of Trout Brook and Wadleigh Brook in T6 R9; in T6 R10; or in T2 R9 and in T2 R10 north of the West Branch of the Penobscot River, east to the thread of Abol Stream and west to the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Hunting with dogs is prohibited. In the areas within the Park where hunting and trapping are permitted, the general laws of the State pertaining to hunting and trapping apply, except that moose hunting and baiting any animals for hunting purposes are prohibited.

3.2. Maine fishing laws and the rules of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife apply within the Park. Maine fishing licenses are required.

For up to date information on hunting in the SFMA, please consult the park's website, or call BSP Headquarters at (207) 723-5140.