Community forests

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Voters across America last night passed local and state ballot measures that will provide more than $1.5 billion for parks and conservation. Of 30 local park and open space measures on the ballot, 26 passed. Earlier in 2017, 11 local measures had been voted on, and 10 passed.

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To the joy of local outdoor enthusiasts, The Trust for Public Land today announced that 198 acres have been added to the existing 567-acre Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith. The expansive property is not only a popular retreat for outdoor recreation, but also protects wetlands, streams, and surface water flowing into Lake Winnipesaukee. Hikers, walkers, and joggers have enjoyed the existing trails since the original 567 acres were protected by The Trust for Public Land in 2010, and this 198-acre expansion will provide easier access for residents of Meredith Village and a new outdoor classroom for the Interlakes Regional School.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced an agreement to purchase a 978-acre forested parcel 2 miles from the center of Bethel to create a Community Forest. The project is a partnership with the Northern Forest Center and Mahoosuc Pathways, of Bethel, which will own the forestland on behalf of the community.

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We believe that community forests should reflect local values and fulfill residents’ vision for the future. The people who rely on the land are the same people who should make the decisions about how the land is used. That’s how 980-acre Bethel Community Forest came to be.

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To the joy of local outdoor enthusiasts, The Trust for Public Land today announced that it had been awarded a grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to go towards acquiring 199 acres to be added to the existing 562-acre Page Pond Community Forest. The project has now received 90% of its projects costs, and the final funds will be sought through a private fundraising campaign by The Trust for Public Land.

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Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement after the release of details of President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget, for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1:
“President Trump’s detailed budget displays a complete and reckless disregard for our environment and the public lands used for recreation by millions of American families. If enacted by Congress, these cuts and program eliminations would wreak havoc on our outdoor economy and the millions of jobs it supports in our local communities, and will undermine cities and towns working right now to create a clean and healthy future."

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Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement after the release of President Trump’s first budget:

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 393-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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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 Hampshire’s North Country. This is part of a multi-phase project, which will eventually protect nearly 1,400 acres of community forest in Milan.

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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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