The Center has worked with partners to produce several resources for communities interested in creating Community Forests.
The Community Forest Collaborative conducted research and produced several valuable reports on Community Forests. Members of the Collaborative included the Center, The Trust for Public Land and Quebec-Labrador Foundation.
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.
The Community Forest has permanently conserved 7,108 aces of working forestland, prime wildlife habitat and scenic views; it has generated $3.7 million in timber sales in its first seven years, contributing significantly to the local economy; and has produced $1.7 million in net revenues, enabling the town to pay off half the initial purchase loan and interest.
In August 2007, the Community Forest Collaborative published its landmark report Community Forests: A Community Investment Strategy. The report describes the Community Forest Model, and discusses how this model can deliver community, economic and conservation benefits to rural communities of northern New England. The report is based on interviews, other research and case studies. Key findings are that Community Forests:
- Can be a significant part of landscape-scale conservation;
- Offer local and regional ownership options for conserving productive forestland, wildlife habitat, watersheds and open space;
- Can be a valuable component of economic development strategies; and
- Can reinforce community development objectives by building social capital and community capacity.
The report is available to communities, other organizations and individuals interested in supporting Community Forests in the region.
Download a low resolution PDF [1.7 MB] of Community Forests: A Community Investment Strategy, or select a higher resolution PDF [6.2 MB] version of the same report, including maps with greater detail.
In March 2011, the Community Forest Collaborative published a report entitled Community Forests: Needs & Resources for Creating & Managing Community Forests. A strong infrastructure of support is needed for communities that want to own and manage forestland. The report includes a detailed assessment of the needs of communities and supporting institutions. The report recommends how to coordinate and strengthen existing support capacity and build new support where needed, and includes a 19-page Inventory of Technical Assistance Resources for Community Forests in Northern New England.
The Community Forest Collaborative had a major role in the research and writing of The Status of Community-Based Forestry in the United States. This report was published in 2008 by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. The report addresses the broader field of community-based forestry, which covers more than just the community-owned forest focus of the Collaborative.