MAHOOSUC LAND TRUST
We made it! The Buck's Ledge Community Forest was created in 2022 thanks to generous support of many donors and funders. Owned by the Town of Woodstock and managed by its citizens, Mahoosuc Land Trust holds a perpetual conservation easement to ensure permanent protection of this community jewel.
What is Buck's Ledge Community Forest?
One of the area’s most recognizable geographic features, the iconic granite face of Buck’s Ledge rises from the eastern shore of North Pond in Woodstock, a magnet for hikers, as well as artists and photographers.
The Community Forest encompasses 634 acres, including Buck’s Ledge, Lapham Ledge, and the summit of Moody Mountain. The parcel, already well-known for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and other traditional uses, includes rare plants, old growth trees, and nesting habitat for peregrine falcons. Nearby, nesting eagles and loons are often seen and heard as well.
Trailhead and Parking
The trailhead parking lot on Route 26, which is maintained by the Town of Woodstock, provides convenient year-round access to recreation opportunities, including six miles of hiking trails which lead to views overlooking local ponds and extending to the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.
A recently developed connecting trail from the Woodstock Elementary School allows students to make use of the forest as an outdoor classroom.
Who are our partners?
The Woodstock Conservation Commission partnered with Mahoosuc Land Trust, the Forest Society of Maine, and the Northern Forest Center. This collaboration allowed us to make use of each organization’s expertise, energy, and resources to attain our goal.
We would like to thank the Buck’s Partners for their leadership level of support:
Alice Arlen, Portland, ME
Bob Armstrong, Worcester, MA
Conrad Armstrong, Boston, MA
Burt Bertram and Leilani Poland, Orlando, FL
Jim and Jane Chandler, Woodstock, ME
Richard and Janet Chandler, Columbia, SC
Tony and Amy Chapman, Greenwood, ME
Deborah Ecker, Concord, MA
Nick Ecker, Shelton, CT
Peter and Francoise Fetchko, Bryant Pond, ME
Rob Gips and Karen Harris, Portland, ME
James Hersey, Silver Spring, MD
Warren Hillquist, Brattleboro, VT
Brian and Martha Hoff, York Springs, PA
Jamie and Harold Kotler, Brookline, MA
Sandra and Daniel Kronenwetter, Pittsford, NY
Jurgen and Janice Marks, Bryant Pond, ME
Jane Moosbruker, Greenwood, ME
Charlie and Cathy Newell, Greenwood, ME
Candy Podolsky, Greenwood, ME
Marcel Polak and Emily Ecker, Woodstock, ME
James and Michelle Rines, Woolwich, ME
Bob and Judy Rose, Kennebunk, ME
Ed and Leslie Rosenberg, Bryant Pond, ME
Ken and Lois Ruff, Bryant Pond, ME
Marilyn Sahlberg, Bethel, ME
Jack and Shelagh Shylling, Essex, MA
Peter and Joan Seaman, Niantic, CT
Jan Stowell, Bethel, ME
Telstar Freshman Academy, Edge for the Ledge, Bethel
Deb and Tom Walsh, Gorham, ME
Bill White and Nancy Stowell-White, Bethel, ME
Steve and Peggy Wight, Newry, ME