The Northern Forest Center and Western Maine Community Action hosted economic development, state housing officials and state legislators on a tour of the Farmington Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. Those following the tour witnessed the first day of operation for many of the modern wood heat systems. They travelled to locations including the Old South Church and Fairbanks Church in Farmington, participating homes, and a community building on Main St. in Wilton.

(By: Erin Place, Advertiser-Democrat)

With overwhelming support from voters at the Otisfield Town Meeting on June 28, the town has helped move the Western Foothill Land Trust's acquisition of the Twin Bridges parcel a step closer to completion.


The Northern Forest Center and Maine Woods Discovery partners announce the 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour to commemorate the day Henry David Thoreau’s classic The Maine Woods was published. A group of Maine Guides, Penobscot Nation members, scholars and others will trace the last of three adventures by Thoreau and a Penobscot guide on a 16-day canoe adventure. The rigorous excursion takes the travelers across hundreds of miles of rivers and lakes and over 2-mile portages. They will experience the enduring landscape of the Maine Woods largely as Thoreau would have in 1857, showcasing the spectacular opportunities that they provide to visitors near and far.

The small town of Errol, N.H., created a Community Forest in 2005, and a new study shows that the town-owned and managed forest, called 13 Mile Woods Community Forest, contributes significantly to local economic and community development.