Community Forests

Lemington Community Forest, VermontPhoto credit: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Trust for Public Land is a national leader in the growing community forest movement, which, throughout New England, is becoming a powerful tool for residents to protect resources and locally manage forested landscapes. As a source of timber-related jobs and income derived from outdoor recreation, community forests help strengthen local economies. They also preserve open space while motivating community engagement and collaboration as people work together to identify and achieve shared conservation goals.

We work closely with northern New Englanders, helping create community forests that reflect local values and fulfill residents’ vision for the future. Since 2001, we have established or expanded fourteen community forests in Vermont and New Hampshire, totaling over 26,000 acres. These forests are community assets, enjoyed now and preserved for the benefit of future generations.