Community forests are working forests owned and managed by municipalities, government agencies, tribes and non-profit organizations for the benefit of local communities. Community forests can deliver the triple-bottom line for communities, providing the unique social, ecological and economic benefits they need. WEC helps communities throughout Washington find funding for the creation and implementation of community forest projects.

The Northwest Community Forest Coalition provides more information and resources on community forests in Washington.

Community forest projects can also apply for grant funding through the Community Forests Program at the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Mount Adams Community Forest

In Klickitat County, the Mt. Adams Community Forest is demonstrating how forest management focused on ecological health, civic engagement and local employment is building local wealth and well-being.

WEC and a team of partners have shown what those benefits look like in a report titled Economic Impacts of the Mt. Adams Community Forest: 2014-2017. Check-out the summary of those findings or the full report.

Chimacum Ridge Forest

Check out our video about the Chimacum Ridge forest project, and how it’s delivering environmental, economic, and ecosystem benefits to Jefferson County communities.

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Nisqually Carbon Project

Microsoft purchased carbon credits to offset emissions in their own backyard – at the foothills of Mount Rainier – thanks to our certification of forestland with the Nisqually Land Trust.

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Program contact

Katie Fields, Forests & Communities Program Manager