Community forests

This past week, Milan bought land to begin creating a community forest. It will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

The town of Milan today bought land to begin creating a community forest that will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

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.

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 significantly to local economic and community development.

For over a hundred and fifty years, the people of The Forks region have based their livelihood on working forests.  Cold Stream Forest is now part of Maine's Public Reserve Lands system.

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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