Community Forest Collaborative

 

Hikers at Cooley Jericho Community Forest in New Hampshire enjoy the view


Community Forests provide a unique model for local forest ownership that generates economic  and social benefits for the community, while at the same time accomplishing land conservation.  As part of the Community Forest Collaborative, The Center is promoting this new model and supporting communities interested in creating Community Forests.

The Community Forest Collaborative is a partnership among the Trust for Public Land, the Northern Forest Center, and the Quebec Labrador Foundation.  Formed in 2005, the Collaborative promotes the development and implementation of Community Forests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Collaborative has described a Community Forest Model that communities can use as a strategy to promote economic development, community development, and working forestland conservation. The Community Forest Model consists of the following components:

  • Community Forests are owned and managed by a municipal entity or by a community based non-profit on behalf of a community.
  • The acquisition process and management structure ensures community participation in and responsibility for management decisions.
  • The community has secure access to the value and benefits of the forest, both monetary and non-monetary, that can support and reinforce community priorities and economic development objectives.
  • The conservation values of the forestland are permanently protected through a conservation easement and sustainable forest management practices.
     

  • New Study finds a New Hampshire Community Forest contributes to local economy - 06/06/14

    The small town of Errol, N.H., created a Community Forest in 2005, and a new study shows that the town-owned and managed forest, called 13 Mile Woods Community Forest, contributes significantly to local economic and community development.

     

    A new report by The Community Forest Collaborative finds that the Community Forest has permanently conserved 7,100 aces of working forestland, prime wildlife habitat and scenic views; it has generated $3.7 million in timber sales in its first seven years, contributing significantly to the local economy; and has produced $1.7 million in net revenues, enabling the town to pay off half the initial purchase loan and interest.

     

     

     

     

  • Land Purchased for Perley Mills Community Forest - 03/28/14


    In December of 2013, Loon Echo Land Trust purchased the 1,600 acre property from K&W Timberlands. Loon Echo Land Trust is collaborating with the towns of Denmark, Bridgton and Sebago, Maine to create a Community Forest. The Community Forest will allow the local communities to carefully conserve wildlife habitat and water quality of many beautiful ponds and high quality wetlands through sustainable forestry. The property contains snowmobile and regional ATV trails, as well as Pickerel Pond and Willett Pond. We are excited for Loon Echo on this enormous accomplishment.
    Find out more information about the Perley Mills Community Forest by visiting their website

  • Cooley-Jericho Community Forest is established! - 09/13/13

    The Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton, NH has been established this week of September 9th! The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) has acquired the land on behalf of four communities. Now, the communities of the communities of Easton, Franconia, Landaff, and Sugar Hill will permanently protect this special place, benefit from the economic proceeds from timber sales, and enjoy public access to the forest. Congratulations to our Director of Forestry, Julie Renaud Evans; Rebecca Brown, Executive Director of ACT and the Planning Committee.

  • Community Forest Fund Provides Grants - 09/01/10

    The Open Space Institute, in collaboration with the Community Forest Collaborative, has launched the Community Forest Fund to support the creation and expansion of Community Forests in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Community Forest Fund has been capitalized initially at $1.4 million and is continuing to raise additional capital to support future funding Community Forest grants. For more information, visit the Community Forest Fund.