Project: Shiloh Pond Community Forest
Location: Kingfield, Maine
Partners: Meateater, Trust for Public Land, Town of Kingfield
The 215-acre property is owned by the town of Kingfield. Creating the “community forest” was a three-year project led by the conservation group High Peaks Alliance, the Trust for Public Land and the Kingfield residents who voted to buy the land. For decades, Shiloh Pond was privately owned but always open to public use. When it was put up for sale three years ago, many residents feared it might be purchased for development and the land cut off to public access.
Shiloh Pond Community Forest is Kingfield's first publicly owned land. The pond is sometimes stocked but does have a population of reproducing Eastern Brook Trout and is a fly-fishing only pond. It is also home and a sanctuary to loons, moose, whitetail deer, and other local wildlife.