Milan County Foresters Tour NH town forest inventory program update 2.6.18For three years, the Center has been working with UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions on a comprehensive inventory of all town owned land in the state of New Hampshire.  We aim to increase the amount of municipally owned land and maximize the benefits realized from locally-owned, sustainably-managed public lands.

Many towns own forestland, though not all are taking initiative to set social, fiscal, economic and conservation goals. The inventory used the Community Forest model as a basis for analysis on missed opportunities for community benefit. Community Forests are town-owned land that are permanently protected, have careful stewardship plans to realize community benefit, and are shaped by local decision making. 

The Northern Forest Center helped Lancaster, New Hampshire create a new brochure to highlight outdoor activities for residents and visitors. The new brochure will help residents take advantage of local outdoor amenities, and set them up to be good ambassadors for visitors. It answers the question: “What is there to do around here?”

The U.S. Forest Service awarded the Town of Milan $400,000 to help create the first phase of the Milan Community Forest, which will encompass 1,342 acres. The Community Forest is planned to provide the local community with outdoor recreation and education opportunities.

(By: Erin Place, Advertiser-Democrat)

With overwhelming support from voters at the Otisfield Town Meeting on June 28, the town has helped move the Western Foothill Land Trust's acquisition of the Twin Bridges parcel a step closer to completion.