Imagine you live in a small town surrounded by twenty-year-old Douglas fir trees originally destined for harvest, but the landowner puts the parcel up for sale for a residential subdivision. Would your land trust buy this scenic property, knowing that you might have to harvest some timber to finance the purchase? This workshop introduces the framework of “Community Forests” and offers anecdotes gathered from across the Pacific Northwest.
In the Pacific Northwest, over 30 practitioners and experts representing community-based organizations, land trusts, counties and jurisdictions, private corporations, and regional and national non-profit organizations came together in 2015 to form the NW Community Forest Coalition. Created in response to the growing pressure on Northwest forests from increasing population, development, and climate-related disturbances, Coalition members have a shared vision that the community forest model will help stem the tide of forest loss, fragmentation, and degradation, while supporting an array of ecological services and providing fuel, fiber, jobs and recreation to surrounding communities.
Drawing from case studies published by members of the Coalition, this workshop presents participants with a balanced look at challenges and triumphs experienced by stakeholders in the region.