Needs & Resources for Creating & Managing Community Forests

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.

In order to achieve the full potential of Community Forests, a strong infrastructure of support is needed for communities that want to own and manage forestland. This report offers an assessment of community needs, the needs of supporting institutions, the state of the current infrastructure and recommendations on what is required to coordinate and strengthen existing capacities and build new support where it is needed.