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.
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
Ryan Creek is a tributary of the Humboldt Bay, a coastal lagoon on California's rugged North Coast.
Money might grow on trees, after all. In Barre Town, Vermont, a new study shows how creating a community forest could help boost the local economy.