The Down East Sunrise Trail runs through the Community Forest, so people of all walks of life can enjoy this beautiful place and directly experience the land rewilding over time. Frenchman Bay Conservancy sees this place as a perfect fit for outdoor education and “living classrooms”, and will be welcoming walking, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and certain types of hunting on the land. The new Community Forest also protects clean water within the Kilkenny and Egypt Streams, which flow into Kilkenny Cove and Egypt Bay.
An adjacent 3,100 acres are protected by New England Forestry Foundation, creating a real, on-the-ground example of how a mosaic of conservation approaches can weave together to create a healthy, sustainable landscape for both human and wild communities. These protected lands are within a 25,000-acre block of undeveloped forest—a rare find within one mile of the coast.