Millinocket aerial web NorthernFlightsPhotography Josh Linscott webThe Center is working with partners in the Katahdin region to elevate the region as a recreation destination. The Recreation Capacity Development Initiative is building local capacity for improving recreation-related services through partner-led projects.

The Center secured a grant from the US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development to help fund the local projects, and the partnership selected four projects for initial funding:

A project to increase bike and pedestrian safety downtown received $35,000 to conduct an engineering study of Central Street and Penobscot Avenue corridors and make recommendations for improvements. The project is a partnership between the Town of Millinocket and Thrive Penobscot. The initiative’s grant matches $35,000 in funding from the Maine Department of Transportation Planned Partnership Initiative. Thrive Penobscot provided $2,500 toward the project.  

(Aerial photo of Millinocket by Josh Linscott)

June 23 Webinar: Wood Market Retention and New Market Recruitment—Opportunities for New Hampshire, Vermont and New York

A new analysis assesses opportunities for growth in wood markets in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.  

The Center funded the study with resources from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities. The North East State Foresters Association analyzed current markets and recommended options for new wood market development in the three states.

The Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) awarded three grants to projects that will enhance recreation amenities to benefit Adirondack communities.

ACRA rec grant 2021 web sq IMG 9990The Alliance is a group of community leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and local entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing and developing recreation assets, increasing region-wide stewardship, and advancing policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.

The Northern Forest Center, which facilitates and participates in the Alliance, raised funds for this round of grants. The Alliance awarded approximately $9,000 to develop a pump track for cyclists in Keene, assess mountain biking trail options in Tupper Lake, and improve trails on Panther Mountain near Tupper Lake. 

The Northern Forest Center and Community Concepts Finance Corporation (CCFC) are offering free installation and maintenance of public access Wi-Fi hotspots in up to 10 towns, schools, public libraries, or nonprofits in the Maine West region.  

Person using public wi-fi hotspot.“The Pandemic has shined a bright light on the lack of universal internet access across Maine, especially rural Maine,” said Mia Purcell, vice president of economic development and impact at Community Concepts. “As the state and communities work to expand high speed internet service to all Maine homes and businesses, Wi-Fi hotspots represent a near-term solution to providing free public internet access to those who don’t have it.”