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. 

Norway Memorial LibraryPeople in rural communities are often disadvantaged by lack of accessible, affordable broadband connection to the internet. This problem is compounded for low- and moderate-income residents who are unable to afford computers and internet access in their homes, and often rely on their local libraries to stay connected. 

Monkman VTNFS D30165Like many parts of the Northern Forest, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom (NEK) depends on tourism for a significant part of its economy. The region has a lot to offer those who find it: premier multi-use outdoor recreation options, delicious local food (and beer!) and charming inns. Yet standing out in a crowded Northeast tourism market is a challenge, one that requires expertise and digital marketing savvy that is often beyond what individual communities and businesses can muster on their own.