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The NC Forest Service, in partnership with The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program, the NC Rural Center, the NC League of Municipalities and other partners, is sponsoring an exciting opportunity for small communities across North Carolina to learn how to manage forests owned by local governments.
Advancing Community Forestry for Environmental, Economic and Community Well- Being is a three-year project that will help small towns, rural communities, and tribal entities learn about the opportunities and benefits of managing forested land. Does your community own ball fields or other properties with 10 or more acres of trees that surround the fields? Do you have acres of trees around your town’s wastewater treatment plant? You may have an asset that you can manage more effectively to benefit your citizens and the community!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Elected officials, local government staff, public works leaders, school officials, maintenance professionals, and others with responsibility for forested lands owned by local governments.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
- Offer two or more workshops in your region over the next three years.
- Introduce participants to their county foresters and other agency representatives to learn about services available including help in developing a forest management plan.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- Learn what you need to know in order to manage your property effectively.
- Learn about different land uses that are a good fit for your community’s forested lands.
These are specific to each forest, but might include:
- Revenue: from harvest of timber, or non-timber forest products, such as pine straw, mushrooms, biomass; eco-tourism development; and more.
- Recreation: walking, hiking or biking trails; horseback riding trails; canoeing and kayaking trails; and more.
- Education: environmental education programming aligned with school curricula.
- Learn about potential benefits from managing your forestlands:
- Water Quality: Forest cover helps to maintain clean water supplies by filtering freshwater and reducing soil erosion and sedimentation.
- Energy Savings: trees may provide wind protection, shade and cool air, while adding beauty, privacy and wildlife habitat to the landscape.
- Liability Reduction: Healthy forests help reduce the risk of fire, a significant cost to small municipalities.
- Learn how to work with consulting foresters, and develop a plan of action for managing your community’s forest.
Funding for this project was provided in part through an Urban and Community Forestry Grant from the North Carolina Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Region.