Partnership efforts have resulted in the preservation of 2,000 acres overlooking Merrymeeting Lake as a community forest.
The Birch Ridge Community Forest in New Durham rises over the lake with views of Mount Molly and Mount Bet. It filters clean water to the lake and Coldrain Pond.
The forest offers 13 miles of trails for hikers, cross-country skiers, hunters, and birders. And it offers critical habitat for wide-ranging species such as moose, bear, deer, and bobcat.