Bethel 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, Inland Woods + Trails 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 full by Inland Woods + Trails 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 an 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 is overseen by a governing body. This management team, made up of local residents and MP board members, now meets once a month. All are welcome; they meet every first Thursday of the month at 6pm. Due to coronavirus, meetings will be held online. More information will be posted as soon as possible. To view the Management Plan, CLICK HERE. For more information, please email Gabe Perkins.

Community Forest Trails

  • The Forest is open for everyone to enjoy.
  • No overnight camping.
  • Please carry out your litter, including dog waste.
  • No biking on hiking trails.
  • “Tribute” bike trail is one-way (please ride clockwise).
  • No dogs on mountain bike trails.
  • Dogs on leash or under voice command allowed on hiking trails and logging roads.
  • 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 expanding 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!

 

 

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