Butte Falls Community Forest

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For more than twenty years, the people of Butte Falls envisioned a new future for the historic mill site just outside of town. They hoped to bring the 430 acres, home to the spectacular waterfalls of Big Butte Creek, into community ownership. Despite enthusiasm from residents, the cost of the land impeded their shared vision. So, Butte Falls residents worked with Trust for Public Land to help acquire the land and create a community forest.

Today, Butte Falls Community Forest is managed by residents for residents. Public ownership will continue to support high-quality jobs and facilitate forest management practices that strengthen forest health. Trails will encourage residents to explore the outdoors and promote health through physical activity. Intentionally planned multi-use trails and paths will make the outdoors accessible to children and adults of all abilities. Soon it will serve as an outdoor classroom for children at Butte Falls Charter School.

For the past two decades, we’ve pioneered the community forest movement that not only saves precious forestlands but also generates social and economic benefits. And we do it by putting communities at the center. Butte Falls Community Forest represents a model for rural land management that promotes economic growth, strengthens community, and cultivates forest health. Join us, and the community of Butte Falls, in creating a future in which economic vitality from recreation and forestry go hand in hand.