The Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed new paddling itinerariesWith grant funding from the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed six new paddling itineraries to attract paddlers to some of the less visited waterways in the region.

The Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative is managed by the Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association and NEK (Northeast Kingdom) Collaborative of Vermont. Funding comes from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

 

Penobscot Ave Millinocket Sept. 2019 crpdThe town of Millinocket, Maine, is developing a design strategy that will help build economic viability and increase quality of life in the community. In a recent 2-day workshop, residents collaborated on improvements and guidelines they would like to see result from the town's design project with the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD).

As a facilitator of the project, the Center helped the town and local nonprofit Our Katahdin write a successful program application to work with CIRD and has been an active participant throughout the project. The project has been a collaborative effort for the Town of Millinocket, which received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host the multi-day design workshop.

Crews are finishing up demolition work at the Center’s Parker J. Noyes renovation project in Lancaster, NH, and will soon move on to structural repairs and exterior upgrades.

Meet the project team and take a quick video tour of the top floor with Center President Rob Riley.

Mink Brook HanoverNH MimAdkinsPhoto from TPLThe Center is working with residents of Hanover, NH, and partners the Trust for Public Land and the Hanover Conservancy to create a Community Forest that will protect 250 acres containing the headwaters of Mink Brook, mature forests and a scenic hay field.

Center Program Director Julie Renaud Evans will help prepare community members for owning and managing the 250 acres as a town resource. “I’ll will help residents identify management and recreational priorities to balance sustainable forestry with ecological protection and development of new trails and recreation opportunities,” said Renaud Evans.

Hanover is a town of about 11,000 people, well known as the home of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, though the surrounding landscape is rural. The Mink Brook Community Forest project will stave off development that has threatened the property and help conserve the rural character close to downtown.