Megan Underhill son in bike seatThis spring, Bike Borderlands member organizations will embark on a host of new projects that benefit their communities – from creating youth mountain biking programs to building trails that connect to downtowns.   

The Northern Forest Center, which coordinates the Borderlands initiative, will provide $67,000 of direct investment to these projects – leveraging over $75,000 of additional support plus hundreds of hours of volunteer time. Funding comes from the You Have Our Trust fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.  

Randy from Kamp Kamp in GreenvilleSmall businesses in the Moosehead Lake and Maine West regions are invited to register for online marketing and e-commerce assistance through the Center’s Digital Business Assistance program. The program offers consulting and micro grants to help businesses meet the growing need to reach and serve customers remotely. 

Over the past 18 months the Center has helped deliver digital business assistance to nearly 100 businesses in western Maine and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Starting with marketing assistance focused on social media and travel platforms, the Center in 2020 expanded its service in western Maine to assist businesses with e-commerce strategies to manage pandemic-driven demand for online, touch-free transactions. 

Attracting New Reisdents Strategy cover webAttracting new residents is a crucial challenge for communities across the Northern Forest. Last week, the Center released a strategy that identifies opportunities for the Adirondack region to address demographic and economic challenges by building on regional and community strengths and capitalizing on existing assets.

Download Attracting New Residents to the Adirondacks: A Strategy for the Adirondack Park and its Communities. 

Maine West presents food pantry with $1,000 check from the Feb. 2021 Second Nature Adventure ChallegeMainers met a challenge from the Maine West initiative to get active outdoors during school vacation week for their own wellness and to generate $3,000 in cash donations to local food pantries.

One hundred seventy-seven people registered their trail-based winter hikes, walks, x-country ski trips, and fat bike rides on Maine Trail Finder, well surpassing the challenge goal of getting 100 people from the Oxford Hills, greater Bethel, and the River Valley areas to participate.