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Community Forestry in the United States

Learning from the Past, Crafting the Future

Mark Baker, Jonathan Kusel


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Across the United States, people are developing new relationships with the forest ecosystems on which they depend, with a common goal of improving the health of the land and the well-being of their communities. Practitioners and supporters of what has come to be called community forestry are challenging current approaches to forest management as they seek to end the historical disfranchisement of communities and workers from forest management and the all-too-pervasive trends of long-term disinvestment in ecosystems and human communities that have undermined the health of both.

Community Forestry in the United States is an analytically rigorous and historically informed assessment of this new movement. It examines the current state of community forestry through a grounded assessment of where it stands now and where it might go in the future. The book not only clarifies the state of the movement, but also suggests a trajectory and process for its continued development.

Island Press, 9781559639835, 264pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2003

About the Author

Mark Baker is Research Associate and Jonathan Kusel is Founder and Director of Forest Community Research, a nonprofit organization based in Sierra Nevada, California, dedicated to advancing community well-being and community-based approaches to resource stewardship through research, education, and practice.