Community Forest Report

The Trust for Public Land, the Northern Forest Center, and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment have created the Community Forest Collaborative to marshal resources to expand community ownership and management of forestland. The collaborative worked to define a Community Forest Model and to analyze the potential role of Community Forests as a component in regional conservation strategies and as a community and economic development strategy.

This report is based on findings from research on the potential role of community ownership and management of forestland that included GIS analysis, interviews, surveys, input from two workshops, and five case studies of Community Forests in northern New England that illuminate particular aspects of the Community Forest Model.

The community forests studied in the report are:

  • Paul T. Doherty Memorial Forest, Gorham, New Hampshire (Town of Gorham)
  • Farm Cove Community Forest, Grand Lake Stream, Maine(Downeast Lakes Land Trust)
  • 13 Mile Woods Community Forest, Errol, New Hampshire (13 Mile Woods Asssociation)
  • Brushwood Community Forest Initiative, West Fairlee, Fairlee, and Bradford, Vermont (Towns of West Fairlee, Fairlee, Bradford)
  • Randolph Community Forest, Randolph, New Hampshire