Mink Brook HanoverNH MimAdkinsPhoto from TPLThe Center is working with residents of Hanover, NH, and partners the Trust for Public Land and the Hanover Conservancy to create a Community Forest that will protect 250 acres containing the headwaters of Mink Brook, mature forests and a scenic hay field.

Center Program Director Julie Renaud Evans will help prepare community members for owning and managing the 250 acres as a town resource. “I’ll will help residents identify management and recreational priorities to balance sustainable forestry with ecological protection and development of new trails and recreation opportunities,” said Renaud Evans.

Hanover is a town of about 11,000 people, well known as the home of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, though the surrounding landscape is rural. The Mink Brook Community Forest project will stave off development that has threatened the property and help conserve the rural character close to downtown.  

Center Hires Garland Mill to Manage Renovation of Parker J. Noyes Building

Renovation of the historic 11,000-square-foot Parker J. Noyes building on Main Street in Lancaster, NH, begins June 29 as part of the Center's Community Investment work in Lancaster.

Parker J Noyes from front with sun IM 191004 034 DSC07118 web crpd“This gem of a building is getting a 100-year upgrade,” said Ben Southworth of Garland Mill. “It’s a very significant historic restoration and we’re excited to be part of it.” The Northern Forest Center hired Garland Mill as construction manager for the project.

The Center purchased the building in the fall of 2018 and is renovating the building to contribute to revitalizing Lancaster's downtown and supporting the local economy.

“We want the Lancaster area to benefit from this project from the beginning,” said Julie Renaud Evans, program director for the Northern Forest Center. “Working with designers and builders from the region is supporting local jobs now, and when the building is complete Taproot’s expanded operations and the new apartments should both make a very positive contribution to the vitality of Main Street.”

Steve Wight moderates Woodstock ME town meeting 6.22.20The town of Woodstock, Maine, has formally started the process to consider creating a Community Forest in town. 

Voters attended Woodstock's socially distanced Town Meeting on June 22 in their cars, while the Board of Selectmen and the meeting's moderator, Steve Wight, used the bed of a truck as a stage. Center Program Director Julie Renaud Evans gave a brief presentation about the benefits of Community Forests and the ways they can serve town goals before the vote.

Voters passed a Warrant Article to create a committee to explore the feasibility and practicality of creating a Community Forest.

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The Bike Borderlands initiative – a collaboration between eight trail organizations facilitated by the Center – has created a campaign to instill a strong code of ethics within the mountain biking community. Ride With Gratitude calls on riders to respect the gift of mountain biking, care for others, protect nature, and hold each other to account.

"It’s a simple concept," said Maura Adams, program director for the Center. "Being able to use trails is an incredible privilege, and everyone benefits when we trail users recognize it. It makes us careful about how we treat landowners, trail managers, town residents, and the land itself."