ME West Library Update 2The digital inequity gap continues to widen in rural towns due to a lack of accessible and affordable broadband connections. Libraries are the place many people turn to when they are unable to afford a computer or can’t get reliable internet access. Individuals from low- to moderate-income families are less likely to have access to a broad suite of technologies, and libraries can play a key role in closing this gap.

100 KatahdinThe Northern Forest Center has successfully reached its initial goal of raising $1 million in investments for its Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund and has put the money to work directly in the community. The Center created the Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund, its first social and economic impact investment fund, to create quality homes for people who want to make a future in Millinocket.

Yale ME W A team of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies students will help the Maine West initiative integrate the region’s community, economic, health, and educational values into a newly developed regional conservation planning tool, which will lay the groundwork for a Maine West region conservation plan and guide ongoing community conservation efforts. 

The Center has helped the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce create a map and brochure to promote its new hiking challenge program, which the Chamber will formally launch at its annual meeting March 21. 

N Gateway Challenge brochure picture copyThe Northern Gateway Hiking Challenge is a collection of hikes in or near Lancaster, N.H., designed to highlight the town’s special location at the edge of the White Mountains and to encourage outdoor recreation. Download a PDF of the map and brochure.

"We hope that the Challenge will get visitors and locals exploring the beauty in and around Lancaster," said Beth Cape of the Northern Gateway Challenge.  "The hike is to encourage friends, families, and organizations to explore the Great North Woods by promoting achievable hikes. When they complete the Challenge, we'll recognize them on social media and send a certificate from the chamber."