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.

It will also provide protection for cultural and scenic resources as well as habitat protection for threatened species such as the Canada lynx and the American marten. The Town of Milan will actively manage the timber resources on the property to earn revenue to maintain the property, as well as create jobs to support the local logging and forestry industry. Julie Renaud Evans, our Director of Forestry has been supporting the Community Forest committee’s development of this project, including parcel identification, community outreach and grant writing. More information is available from the U.S. Forest Service.