Community Forests

Introduction to Community Forestry

Community forests are owned or managed by local residents for the benefit of their community. As a result, communities have more influence in shaping their future and protecting local lands from unwanted development. Likewise, forest management decision-making becomes more inclusive and transparent by incorporating topics such as cultural values, historic use, resource health, and community economic development needs.

Learn about community forestry projects in California:

A Guide for Communities interested in Establishing a Community-Owned Forest

Acquiring and Managing A Community‐Owned Forest: A Manual for Communities

Coast Ridge Community Forest

Coast Ridge Community Forest is an example of community forestry in Sonoma County. This organization assists landowners in developing and implementing best land management practices based on a shared vision of sustainability.

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