On May 23, 2018, Massachusetts Gov.
Charlie Baker signed a bill that allows the state’s timber industry to begin construction on the first of two proposed new timber trails.
The state’s Timber Trail Board is also holding a public hearing in the fall on the project.
The proposed 2.2-mile Timber Trail in Southport is one of the first proposed trails for the state.
The trail would connect the state with the southern edge of the state, where timber harvesting occurs.
The proposed trail would also connect the region with the mainland, where a logging and processing center is located.
The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DECEP) is currently reviewing the project and the impacts it would have on the state environment.
The DECEP and the state Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are also conducting a public information session on the proposed Timber Trail.
The project is expected to take approximately one year to complete.
According to DECEP, the first timber trail in Massachusetts would be open in 2020.