Community forests

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The Catamount Outdoor Family Center is an oasis of wooded trails and serene wetlands in the heart of rapidly-developing Chittenden County. And it may soon become Williston’s newest town forest.

A group of girls take a spin at Catamount Community Forest

Set in the foothills of the Green Mountains and the fast-growing town of Williston, Vermont, the 383-acre Catamount Outdoor Family Center attracts more than 20,000 bikers, skiers, and hikers per year who take advantage of more than twenty miles of trails that meander through a diverse landscape of open meadows and forested ridges.

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An effort to expand Page Pond Community Forest — a highly treasured 567-acre property in eastern Meredith — has secured a string of high-profile grants, including a $250,000 allocation from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

Press release

Today the town of Milan added 577 acres to its Community Forest. These lands will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.  The project also protects important wildlife habitat in New...

Three girls walk a dog on a trail near Page Pond in Meredith, New Hampshire.

The rural character of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is important for attracting tourists and supporting the economy, but this appeal has also prompted increased development that could seriously threaten key habitat and public access.

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Tim Kovar is afraid of heights.

It wouldn’t be remarkable—most of us get a little nervous off the ground—except that Kovar makes a living teaching people how to climb trees. From the towering redwoods of the California coast to the steamy Amazon Basin, Kovar has introduced more than 10,...

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This past week, Milan bought land to begin creating a community forest. It will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Press release

The town of Milan today bought land to begin creating a community forest that will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Vermont Town Forests
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New England is rich in traditions, and our favorite is the community forest. It's an idea with its roots in the colonial era, when surveyors set aside public commons for grazing livestock, gathering fuel, and supporting schools and churches. Later laws gave local authorities the ability to...

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Official town forests are really a 20th century invention...brought to the United States by European scientific foresters, and a response to depleted timberlands and the growing conservation movement.

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