Community forests

The Milan Community Forest Project was awarded $190,000 from the N.H. Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

New England is rich in traditions, and our favorite is the community forest. It's an idea with its roots in the colonial era, when surveyors set aside public commons for grazing livestock, gathering fuel, and supporting schools and churches.

Last May the Forest Service announced Milan would be receiving a $400,000 Community Forest Program grant as part of the town’s effort to create a municipally owned community forest.

Official town forests are really a 20th century invention...brought to the United States by European scientific foresters, and a response to depleted timberlands and the growing conservation movement.

Today the White House Rural Council (the Council) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a symposium on wood as part of the Council's work to enhance economic opportunity in rural America.

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... Read more

For over a hundred and fifty years, the people of The Forks region have based their livelihood on working forests. This rural North Woods community's economy rises and falls on the forestry and recreation taking place primarily on vast private industrial... Read more

Map of completed projects in Vermont through 2013.

Sprucewood Forest is a key linkage to existing conservation lands. The wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, and recreational value of this property make the forest a conservation priority for the town of Durham.

Map of The Trust for Public Land's projects in Maine, 1993-2012

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