The underpinning of all of our work are the communities in our seven-town region. Sustainable stewardship and permanent conservation of forestland in this area would not be possible without community investment in our mission. We works with these communities to equip them with the tools, knowledge, and resources to advance forest resiliency, both collectively (as through a Town Plan or zoning bylaws that address resource concerns) and on individual lands managed as part of a shared landscape (as through our Woodlots Program).
We start by helping each community envision common conservation goals. Subsequent convenings and community-focused outreach help build a shared understanding of landscape-level forest resiliency within a set of shared priorities. Through all of this, plus our citizen science program Keeping Track, we work to enhance community commitment to stewarding our region’s rich and resilient forests. Fostering an appreciation within our communities for our corner of the Northern Forest, and an understanding of its importance, is foundational to building the grassroots support of our mission.
Community members work together through a self-directed, grassroots approach to collectively protect the forests of the Cold Hollow to Canada region.
Photo by Liza Morse