Welcome to the home of Community Forests Council™.
Our mission is to unite and leverage the collective impact of community forests around the globe using ecological forest management techniques resulting in greater climate resiliency in our commercial landscapes.
Community Forests Council is dedicated to improving standards of community forestry and unifying the people that lead the cause.
Community Forests are different from other types of forests.
There are government protected forests that are intended for public use and enjoyment. Separate and distinct are production forests that are heavily regulated for timber production and forest products. Urban forests typically consist of the collective tree population of a particular municipality. Preserves and arboreta are even further examples of protected tree populations.
Community Forests are tree populations existing on private property.
These include master-planned communities, office parks, shopping centers, churches, college campuses, golf courses, theme parks, and other privately owned & managed development.
Community forests have a profound influence on human interaction. Trees define space and create atmosphere. Trees provide shelter and sustenance. And trees, more than any other natural element, create a gathering point where people connect with each other. Join the movement to establish best practices for the care of Community Forests.
Become a member
A Certified Community Forester is a tree care practitioner that elevates commercial tree populations and landscapes into healthier, functioning ecosystems. Beyond tending to individual trees, a Certified Community Forester views the tree population as a whole, in its environmental context, and as something greater than the sum of its parts. Managing a forest takes vision, knowledge and experience that strategizes long-range goals, and not simply the immediate needs of individual trees.
Apply for Certification
Community Forests have their own unique needs and we offer online education that provides knowledge for better administration of our trees. Classes are available to all, from the professional needing Continuing Education units to the volunteer who simply wants to make a difference.Go to class
Community Forestry=Urban Forestry + Conservation Ecology
Through mindful partnerships and small adjustments to tree management strategies, landscapes can generate increased ecosystem services with greater human contentment.
Community Forests contribute significant environmental benefits, from carbon sequestration to wildlife habitat to oxygen production and more.