Communities in Maine, Washington, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and elsewhere are protecting the places they call home and making decisions about the management of their community forests. Since its initiation in 2012, the Community Forest Program has funded 42 projects and conserved over 10,700 acres of forest.
Indian Creek Community Forest (Kalispel Tribe)
This Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer forest with outstanding recreation, fish, water, and wildlife resources, is also home to culturally significant lands. The forest’s conservation creates opportunities for the Kalispel Tribe, the local community, and the adjacent Colville National Forest to collaborate on forest management.
Pilgrim Community Forest (Michigan)
The creation of the Pilgrim Community Forest helps to conserve the Pilgrim River watershed, which supports a healthy cold-water fishery and clean water while providing diverse opportunities for outdoor learning for all ages.
Alvord Lake Community Forest (Montana)
With the acquisition of the last private holding along scenic Alvord Lake, the Alvord Lake Community Forest expands and secures public access to this popular lake and its forested shoreline. Adjacent to the Kootenai National Forest, wildlife habitat and habitat connectivity for grizzly bear, wolves, mountain lions, Merriman’s turkey, and bobcats is also preserved.
Page Pond Community Forest (New Hampshire)
Situated a quarter mile from the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, the Page Pond Community Forest is an important asset for the Town of Meredith. While the first phase of the project was completed in 2009, this second phase adds nearly 200 acres to the 567-acre forest. Now under Town ownership, this working forest provides miles of walking trails, an active timber program, and new outdoor learning opportunities.
Poestenkill Community Forest (New York)
The 350 acre Poestenkill Community Forest, situated on the Rensselaer Plateau, is a popular destination for Plateau residents and visitors; offering recreational trails and a variety of educational programs for adults and children.
Nine Times Community Forest (South Carolina)
One of the three largest unprotected forest blocks left in the Blue Ridge Escarpment region of South Carolina, the 1,648-acre Nine Times Community Forest supports the recreation economy and provides a lush habitat for black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and peregrine falcons.
Mt. Adams Community Forest (Washington)
The Mt. Adams Community Forest provides jobs associated with local mills and guarantees access for traditional uses such as fishing, hunting, and wild mushroom picking.