Community forests

A Vermont woodland now owned by the community with 70-miles of heart-pounding mountain biking trails created out of 355 acres of former quarry land.

Zack Woods, Vermont

Situated to the south of Green River Reservoir State Park in Vermont, the 339-acre Zack Woods property is considered a Lamoille Basin gem by both scientists and local residents.

Lemington Community Forest, Vermont

TPL helped the town of Lemington acquire property for a community forest atop Monadnock Mountain in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom from International Paper Realty Corporation using federal Forest Legacy Program funds.

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 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 Forever Northwoods to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.