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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, Mahoosuc Pathways 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 fee by Mahoosuc Pathways 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 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.


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 will be overseen by a governing body.

Forest Tours:

Visit our Events page for information about public hikes on the Community Forest property. Signs and maps will soon be available to the public. 


To help fund the Community Forest, please USE THIS LINK.

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Office: 207.200.8240 

Winter: 207.824.6276                                  

P.O. Box 572
Bethel | ME 04217

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