Community forests

Lemington Community Forest, Vermont

Community forests are based on the principles of sustainable development and community-based natural resource management and promote community vitality and economic well-being.

Freedom Town Forest, New Hampshire

New Hampshire residents cherish their forests, which often provide the economic base for small communities. In 2001, residents of Freedom, New Hampshire, organized to protect 2,660 acres of forest surrounding nearby Trout Pond, the largest tract of undeveloped land in the area.

The sun and its reflection in Page Pond in Meredith, New Hampshire.

The residents of Meredith, New Hampshire have long considered Page Pond and its surrounding forest and wetlands an identifying feature of the community. So when the land came up for sale in 2007, volunteers lined up to help preserve it.

Millinocket Forest, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

In March 2011, The Trust for Public Land protected two working forest properties totaling more than 7,000 acres in the Millinocket region of Maine, just east of the iconic Baxter State Park, where TPL protected Katahdin Lake in 2006.

Katahdin Ironworks, Maine. Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Club

In 2003, TPL assisted the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in purchasing the Katahdin IronWorks property as the first project in AMC's MaineWoods Initiative.

Northern Forest Program, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Trust for Public Land is currently working on several projects to protect Maine's northern forests.

Northwoods Initiative. Photo: William Poole

The Trust for Public Land established the Northwoods Initiative to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Sugar Hills, Minnesota. Photo: George Hornick

TPL helped protect the Sugar Hills property, which contains a popular ski trail system, clear water creeks, a 14-acre lake, and "Big Thunder Peak," one of the state's highest named summits.

Dead Lake, Minnesota. Photo: Braun Intertec

For years, a battle raged between local conservation-minded landowners and would-be developers of over 260 acres of Dead Lake shoreline. Proposed development included 151 residential housing units, a general store, a restaurant, two swimming pools, a marina, and mooring facilities.

Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota. Photo: Peter Crouser

In the Brainerd Lakes area, The Trust for Public Land led an effort to purchase a working forest conservation easement over 4,776 acres of prime forestland owned by the Potlatch Corporation.