The Center helped Tupper Lake secure a $100,000-grant to support recreation planning and development through the Smart Growth grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Cycling with child AdirondacksThe goal of the project is to expand year-round recreation opportunities to support the tourism economy and create a framework that will help prioritize resources and position the community for future economic growth.

At a November public meeting held by the DEC in Tupper Lake, numerous local residents spoke about the need to create a more stable year-round economy in the community and give visitors more reasons and opportunities to visit in all seasons.

Key partners in this effort include grant recipient Town of Tupper Lake as well as the Village of Tupper Lake, the Wild Center, and others. This work will also capitalize on the Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance’s future place-based initiatives. The Alliance is a new, ad-hoc group dedicated to enhancing and developing new community-based recreation assets.

CaptureThe getNEKedVT campaign is drawing attention to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with its regional discovery marketing campaign. The collaborative project, managed by the Northern Forest Center, invites locals and visitors to explore the region’s communities and landmarks, and to set out on adventures ranging from rock climbing to music festivals, galleries viewing to brewery tours, wildlife watching to ice cream eating. Its name has some fun with the way locals and visitors abbreviate the region’s moniker.

Launched in June, the getNEKedVT digital campaign has drawn more than 6,000 visitors to its website and reached well over 300,000 people through content on Instagram and Facebook.

Borderlands Stop 3 and 4

Mountain bikers from all over New England have been busy visiting Borderlands destinations this summer!

Eighty riders attended the fourth “Tour de Borderlands” event at the Mahoosuc Pathways trails in Bethel, Maine. The event was co-sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and held at the Bethel Village Trails hub, The Bethel Inn Resort. It featured group rides, clinics, and service and demo bikes from the Green Machine Bike Shop.

Goats and beer 1The Northern Forest Center awarded a grant to Turning Page Farm in Monson, Maine, this spring to help the small-batch goat dairy and brewery develop as an agritourism destination. The $13,500-grant will help owners Joy and Tim Bueschen expand visitor amenities at the farm, extend their operating season, add new products and expand their production capacity.

The Center awarded the grant through its Tourism Innovation Program to strengthen Turning Page Farm’s appeal as an agritourism destination for visitors and residents, and to help the farm contribute to community revitalization efforts in Monson, Maine, and the broader Moosehead Lake area.