Do you think your community might be interested in turning those neighborhood woods into a forest managed for the community?
DNR is seeking local partners with proposals to turn working forest lands that are at risk of being lost or converted into Community Forests.
These partners could be cities, counties, land trusts, local foundations or other private groups. Learn more about the program to see if it fits your community.
We are now accepting applications for the Community Forest Trust through June 2, 2014.
Interested communities may download the request for nominations form. Included in the application is a checklist of materials you will need to submit and a timeline for evaluation of nominations.
To nominate a forest, you will need to gather maps, photos, letters of support from your community, and figure out funding details.
If your community is interested or has questions, DNR’s Executive Policy Advisor, Andrew Hayes, can help.
DNR Community Forest Trust program
Working forests in Washington are a vital part of our economy and culture. However, since the 1980s, more than one sixth—17 percent—of Western Washington forests have been converted to other land uses such as housing and agriculture.
As working forests vanish, so do many benefits for communities, including local timber, natural resources jobs, clean air and water, and recreation.
To address this, in 2011, DNR worked with the state legislature to create a new tool for local community partners to protect working forestlands that benefit their communities—the Community Forest Trust.
The first state community forest was established in 2013 in the Teanaway River Valley, just north of Cle Elum in Eastern Washington. This new category of working forestland is held by the state and sustainably managed by DNR, consistent with the values of the local community.
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