Bethel board to hold workshop Nov. 5 on Bingham Forest Management Plan

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BETHEL — Selectmen will convene a workshop at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the town hall for a presentation on the Bingham Forest Management Plan for the town’s new 2,300-acre Bingham land.

It will be presented by land consultant Jerry Bley of Creative Conservation. Selectmen will review it in depth with Bley and members of the Conservation Commission. They will also answer any questions.

Because the meeting is a workshop, no action will be taken.

Voters last year approved a consent agreement with the Maine Attorney General’s Office transferring the 2,300-acre Bingham land in Newry from the Bethel Water District to the town of Bethel.

The agreement requires that Bethel submit a management plan in 2013 detailing how the town intends to manage the parcel for conservation of scenic and natural resources, wildlife habitat, sustainable-yield timber harvesting, other uses consistent with protection of water quality, and for low-impact outdoor recreation.

Selectmen’s meetings are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, in the town hall.

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