WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FOREST?
A community forest is owned and/or
managed by a local entity, whether it be a city, like the Arcata
Community Forest, or another public entity. In fact, we have an excellent
example of a successful community forest in Arcata. Their forest
is 1100 acres, 900 acres of which are located next to the town. The
forest is highly visible from Highway 101 and most parts of the town.
It has been managed as a community forest for over 40 years.
With a community forest, the community
gets to decide what the values are. In Weaverville, important values
that have been expressed include high visual quality, fuels reduction,
sustained revenue, recreation, timber harvesting, firewood collection,
improved forest health and wildlife habitat. In addition, areas
that are sensitive to ground disturbance, like historic resources, and
unstable slopes, can be protected in the plan.
These values are not mutually exclusive.
In addition, the jobs stay in the community, as well as the logs.
Public input and awareness is welcomed and encouraged. As a result,
the community has a stake in the forest, and can become better educated
about forestry issues.
- Promote healthy forest stands and reduce fire hazards through vegetation management
- Road and trail maintenance and modification to improve or maintain water quality
- Watershed and wildlife habitat improvement
- Cultural resources protection & interpretation
- Community outreach and outdoor education
- Increase recreational use
COMMUNITY FORESTRY - PROS AND CONS