Community Forestry Conference
October 29 - 31, 2008
Background: The Community Forestry Conference is a three day dialog to exchange information and ideas about the concept of "community forestry" and "community forests." Community forests differ from other private or government-owned forests in that local residents play a part in the stewardship of the forestland.
In the last three years nearly 100,000 acres of timberland in California has been purchased by community-based organizations that are developing new economic and management models to address debt burdens, community expectations, and regulatory constraints. This conference will provide an opportunity for a community discussion on the options provided by these newly emerging financing and forest ownership models.
Format: The conference will involve an all-day session on Thursday October 30th with experts involved in a variety of community forestry projects along with field tours to two regional community forests. The conference will begin on October 29th with a tour of the recently established 50,000 acre Usal Redwood Forest, acquired by Redwood Forest Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1997. The second tour on October 31st will be of the Arcata Community Forest, owned and managed for mixed uses by the City of Arcata for more than 50 years.
Audience: The conference is intended for anyone involved (or thinking about becoming involved) in the formation / management of a community forest or forestry project. This could include community groups, land trusts, policy makers, forest managers, funders, or other interested people.
Pre-registration is required by Friday, October 24.
Sponsored by: UC Cooperative Extension, Redwood Forest Foundation Inc., Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Humboldt Area Foundation, Redwood Coast Rural Action, and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.