Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning and Development (CPD)


Community Planning and Development


Community Forests, Regional Landscape Conservation, New England, Forests, Community Forests Collaborative, Muskie School of Public Service


The Community Forest Collaborative seeks to expand community ownership and management of forestland in northern New England and has documented the value of community forests both as a community investment strategy and as a component of regional landscape conservation strategies.

Research conducted over the last three years has determined that there needs to be a concerted effort to develop an infrastructure of support communities that want to acquire own and manage forestland. Two principle actions were recommended:

Expand resources for acquisition and management


Expand formalize and institutionalize technical assistance


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