Community Forest Fund


Dec 4, 2017 - community engagement. •. Built Capital – recreational trails, environmental education facilities. •. Intellectual Capital – sustainable forest management techniques, new knowledge. The Fund has helped 21 communities across Northern New England to: •. Conserve Working Forests – protected over 30,000 ...

Community Forest Fund Benefits & Accomplishments Benefits that towns gain from community forests include: • Financial Capital – forest products revenues, avoided water

Community Forest Fund A catalytic conservation investment

treatment costs, recreational fees

• Natural Capital – biodiversity and wildlife habitat, clean air and

Natural Resources

water, carbon storage

Local Economies

Civic Engagement

• Social and Political Capital – collaborative land management, community engagement • Built Capital – recreational trails, environmental education facilities

Value of Community Forests

These projects combine land • Intellectual Capital – sustainable forest management techniques, new



knowledge

protection with community action to provide economic benefits to rural communities.

The Fund has helped 21 communities across Northern New England to:



Conserve Working Forests – protected over 30,000 acres





Attract public and private dollars - leveraged $6 for every $1 invested





Support rural economies – provided early money to boost citizen engagement and economic vitality





Develop durable community conservation projects – provided project coaching & evaluation

Moving forward

OSI is helping citizens create community forests at a time of great challenge for Northern New England’s rural economies. By directing capital and early transaction support to the most deserving of these efforts, and creating incentives for exemplary management and community engagement, the Fund is improving the community forest model and extending its implementation. With an additional $1 million to be spent over three years, OSI will:



Support the creation of 2 to 3 community forests annually





Distribute information about community forests, including model governance structures,



management, and stewardship plans





Connect community forest leaders to share best practices and creative ways to overcome obstacles





Leverage funding at least 4:1

With renewed support, OSI’s Community Forest Fund is committed to continuing and deepening the region’s rich forest legacy for generations to come.

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Two Rivers Community Forest Page Pond Community Forest, NH (Jerry Monkman)

Communities across northern New England are rallying to permanently conserve and manage forests to benefit directly from the lands’ many values. Since 2010, the Open Space Institute’s Community Forest Fund has made grants to help nurture this locally-based conservation movement, slowing forest fragmentation, linking community conservation and economic goals, and attracting other conservation dollars. Using strategic criteria, expert advisors and transaction expertise, OSI invests philanthropic capital in exemplary community forest projects. By marrying conservation with civic and economic interests, community forests are becoming the face of conservation across the region. The Community Forest Fund specifically focuses on Northern New England, an economically challenged region working to

West Windsor Town Forest, Ascutney,Vermont (Jerry Monkman)

find its footing in the wake of major transitions in the forest products industry. The Fund’s support can provide the essential spark, energizing citizen driven conservation and helping to catalyze change in struggling rural economies. By directing capital and early transaction support to the most deserving of these efforts, and creating incentives for exemplary management and community engagement, the Fund is improving the community forest model and extending its implementation. OSI is now recapitalizing the Community Forest Fund, based on a track record of successful projects and strong demand. Building on our original $1.6 million investment, OSI seeks an additional $1 million to support the next generation of projects.

Community Forest Fund Projects October 2017

West Grand Lake Community Forest

Page Pond Addition

C A N A DA Barre Town Forest

Completed Projects

Brushwood Community Forest Expansion

Two Rivers Community Forest

1

Nulheganaki Tribal Forest

2

Cady Hill Forest

3

Barre Town Forest

4

F.X. Shea Town Forest

5

Brushwood Community Forest Expansion

6

Ascutney Mountain - West Windsor Town Forest

7

Cooley-Jericho Community Forest

8

Milan Community Forest

9

Albany Town Forest

10 Page Pond Community Forest Addition 11

Raymond Community Forest

12 Perley Mills Community Forest 13 Crooked River Community Forest 14 Androscoggin Greenway Community Forest 15 West Grand Lake Community Forest 16 Two Rivers Community Forest

Pending Projects

Completed Project Pending Project OSI Supported Projects Other Protected Land

1

Catamount Community Forest

2

Richmond Community Forest

3

Newbury Community Forest

4

Pine Hill Community Forest

5

Bethel Community Forest

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