Our main lodge is at the tippy top of a long and twisty road (All wheel drive is strongly encouraged for all visitors). It is worth the trip as the view over the West River valley is one of the best I’ve seen (Am I biased? Maybe, but check out our photo gallery of “the view”.. it is quite a sight ).
In addition to our ridge top view and grand lodge you'll find a meandering stream deep in our woods and cultivated trails that allow guests to take walks through our 65 acre property.
The majority of our acres are actively in a forestry management plan, which means we don’t and won’t develop them This management plans allows us to steward our land through conservation and also sustainable harvesting. Every forest landscape can benefit a from an intentional thinning in order help its ecosystem thrive. Here at Outer Green we work with a forester to assess the needs of our stands (organic groupings of trees within out forest) and harvest timbers strategically in order to encourage well rounded sustainability within the forest eco-system.
The trees we thin out according to our management plan are used as firewood for winter or sometimes for our next building project.
Hemlock tress were in particular overgrowth in our forest when we took stewardship of the area. We were able to source all our materials for our timber frame lodge directly from this abundant hemlock tree population. This made space for new types of trees to start to grow and to even out the diversity in our forest Eco system. Another tree type we have in abundance is birch. We were also able to source the material for much of our floors, ceilings, decks and trim using birch trees. You can learn more about our sustainable building work in out Sustainability section.
In addition to the forestry management plan we strive to incorporate permaculture strategies for the ten acres around our lodge. We have started a small orchard and keep a community garden as well as a flower gardens and herb gardens. We grow vegetables and herbs to support many of our food needs, and the rest we get from a local CSA. We also keep bees to support regional pollination and to provide us local honey. We also steward chickens for eggs.