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.

A new report by the Center and the Trust for Public Land finds that the Community Forest has permanently conserved 7,100 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.