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COMMUNITY FOREST


The Organizations:


Together in collaboration Mahoosuc Pathways, The Trust for Public Land and the Northern Forest Center, along with strong support from the Town of Bethel and area citizens, worked towards the creation of the 978 acre Bethel Community Forest. On June 18, 2019, Mahoosuc Pathways purchased the land that it now owns on behalf of the Town of Bethel, and will manage the property for conservation, recreation, and wildlife.


The Vision and Land:

  • Provide clean and clear access to the Bingham Forest.
  • Be owned in fee by Mahoosuc Pathways on behalf of the community.
  • Create a 3,600 acre tapestry of conserved land between Bethel and the peaks of Sunday River.
  • Create great potential for recreational trail connectivity.
  • Create community possibilities for outdoor education, recreation, health and wellness.
  • Protect local snowmobile trail #13.
  • Protect feeder streams to Chapman Brook and the Androscoggin River.
  • Protect one of the most productive deer wintering areas in the state.
  • Protect traditional hunting lands.
  • Provide opportunity for inclusive input from all people who live, work and play here.
  • Protect the viewshed, water resources, historic lands and roads of Bethel.
  • Realize benefits for the citizens of Bethel and the surrounding communities.
  • Serve as the largest conservation project within Bethel town limits.

Involvement

Planning Committee:

The Community Forest, through the efforts of a planning committee comprised of Bethel area residents, will reflect local values and help strengthen engagement. The committee process is now complete, and the Community Forest will be overseen by a governing body.

Donations:

To help fund the Community Forest, please USE THIS LINK.



Community Forest Trails

  • The Forest is open for everyone to enjoy.
  • Temporary signs have been placed for the hiking trail. This trail is in the beginning stages of construction, so please be aware of tricky footing. 
  • Mountain biking: the biking trail can be ridden to Picnic Knoll; the remainder of the trail is very rough so please do not venture further. Existing logging roads may be explored at your own risk. 
  • Please use the portable toilet, not the woods. 
  • Please carry out your litter, including dog waste (do not dump in portable toilet!). 
  • Park in designated parking areas only. Do not drive past the formal parking lot or park on the Daisy Bryant Road.
  • Trail planning and construction takes time and funding; we are working on plans for recreational trails, and welcome any support. Interested in volunteering? Send us an email. Thinking of donating? Do so HERE or by emailing Gabe Perkins.
  • Contact us with any questions or concerns: EMAIL or phone 207.200.8240
  • Events on the land and volunteer opportunities will be shown on our events page.
  • We're so excited to share the Community Forest with everyone. We look forward to seeing you on the land!


Email Us
info@mahoosucpathways.org outside@mahoosucpathways.org

Call Us
Office: 207.200.8240 

Winter: 207.824.6276                                  

Address
P.O. Box 572
Bethel | ME 04217

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