February 23rd, 2021
The Mahoosuc Way: Embrace Our Place
Just in time for the busy visitation season this past summer, the Mahoosuc Sustainable Tourism Committee supported the installation of new signs promoting The Mahoosuc Way: Embrace Our Place pledge at busy trailheads and boat launches throughout the Bethel region.
This initiative is designed to communicate local values to newcomers, visitors, and locals to encourage collective action to protect and sustain the quality of place that makes the area an attractive area to live in and visit. By taking the pledge, visitors and residents express their commitment to behaviors rooted in five core values: Honor this Land, Explore Wisely, Show Respect, Cultivate Community, and Be Climate Conscious.
“We love hosting visitors on the Bethel Community Forest and other properties we manage,” said Gabe Perkins, Executive Director of Inland Woods + Trails. “We also understand that not all visitors are familiar with local traditions and the ways we all need to act to sustain our environment and communities. The Pledge is a great tool for engaging people both as visitors and as caretakers.”
The Pledge was developed, in part, in response to the challenges of overuse and crowding at popular trailheads. The new signs will be prominently placed to encourage users to be good stewards of the area’s natural, cultural, and community amenities.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations can sign the Embrace Our Place pledge by visiting: mahoosucway.com/our-pledge