Hazen Union Town Forest and Buffalo Mountain Town Forest
Hardwick has two town forests. One has a long history as an outdoor classroom and experimental learning laboratory for high school students, but is now experincing growing local interest in it’s recreation offerings, which is creating some challenges. Conversely, just down the road, a newly acquired town forest is experiencing limited use. Hardwick is seeking help to define a vision and develop a policy that identifies appropriate and sustainable use for each parcel. The community recognizes the need for planning to make informed decisions, as well as the need to invest in additional infrastructure to support sustainable use of their town forests that reflects their community values.