(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.


The small town of Errol, N.H., created a Community Forest in 2005, and a new study shows that the town-owned and managed forest, called 13 Mile Woods Community Forest, contributes significantly to local economic and community development.

In December of 2013, Loon Echo Land Trust purchased a 1,600-acre property from K&W Timberlands to create a Community Forest. Loon Echo Land Trust is collaborating with the towns of Denmark, Bridgton and Sebago, Maine on the project. The Community Forest will allow the local communities to carefully conserve wildlife habitat and water quality of many beautiful ponds and high quality wetlands through sustainable forestry. The property contains snowmobile and regional ATV trails, as well as Pickerel Pond and Willett Pond. Congratulations to Loon Echo on this enormous accomplishment.

The Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton, NH has been established this week of September 9th! The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) has acquired the land on behalf of four communities. Now, the communities of the communities of Easton, Franconia, Landaff, and Sugar Hill will permanently protect this special place, benefit from the economic proceeds from timber sales, and enjoy public access to the forest. Congratulations to our Director of Forestry, Julie Renaud Evans; Rebecca Brown, Executive Director of ACT and the Planning Committee.