Have you ever wondered if your community would be a good candidate for a community forest? Are you curious to learn more about what potential benefits could result from the community forest model and how others are finding success in this model of ownership and management? This session will begin with an introduction to the community forest model. This will include an overview of the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program, as well as the program’s eligibility requirements and application process. The session will also provide insight about the economic benefits of community forests, drawing on over a dozen examples of projects across the country that have been compiled as part of a recent case study report about the economic benefits of community forests. The highlighted community forest examples will showcase different landowner types (e.g., local government, NGO, and tribal), economic benefits (e.g., recreation, tourism, water quality, climate change mitigation) and community types (e.g. rural, suburban, and urban). The session will then include a deep-dive with a community forest practitioner into a specific community forest initiative and the impact it has had on the local community. The team will also provide information about where to learn more about the community forest process and economic benefits, including links to resources such as the recent report completed by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and in consultation with a number of NGO and philanthropic partners with community forest related expertise.