A Planning Group formed in 2006 to identify the natural and cultural resources that were valued in the region and that, if lost, could not be replaced. The Planning Group included:
- Greater Lovell Land Trust
- Five Kezar Ponds Watershed Association
- Horseshoe Pond Homeowners Association
- The town of Lovell
- The town of Stoneham
- The town of Stow
- US Forest Service
- Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
The process was guided by ecological consultant Mark Ward with technical assistance from GIS (Geographic Information Society) cartography specialist Bill Duffy.