Year conserved: 2022
About the property: Located near the state-owned Mahoosuc Unit, the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Grafton Notch State Park, and not far from Bethel, Maine, the Grafton Forest conservation easement permanently conserves 15,000 acres of working forestlands and the many natural resources they provide. These lands are important for fish and wildlife and are a popular recreation destination. Spectacular scenery abounds especially from the many remote hiking opportunities that include the Notch Trail and Speck Pond Trail, which are used to access the AT. Blackpoll warblers, Bicknell’s thrush, spruce grouse, boreal chickadee, white-winged crossbill, and Black-backed Woodpecker might be seen or heard here, as well as moose, marten, black bear, and deer.
Recreational opportunities: Hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking
Project partners: Northeast Wilderness Trust; Bayroot, LLC; and Wagner Forest Management
Additional information: Visit our project partner, Northeast Wilderness Trust, for information and allowed uses on the adjacent 6,000 acres of ecological reserve that contains a portion of the Swift Cambridge River.