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About OSI's Community Forest Fund

Community Forest Fund 2015 Cover

OSI’s Community Forest Fund fosters citizen-driven conservation, stops forest fragmentation and links environmental protection with economic benefits for northern New England’s rural communities. Since its inception in 2010, OSI’ Fund has approved grants to help create 14 community forests – from Downeast Maine, to New Hampshire’s White Mountains to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom – conserving 30,000 acres.

Although each project is unique, in every case the Community Forests Fund has helped communities gain control not only of their forests but also their economic futures.

As OSI prepares to make its final grants with the Community Forest Fund’s initial capital, we studied our results on the ground and analyzed how much more there is to accomplish. In the last five years, the centuries’ old New England concept of the town woods is taking on new life, providing increasing numbers of local towns with revenue, recreation, and opportunities for civic engagement. 

OSI and its partners foresee a robust future for community-based forest conservation and are poised to deepen and extend the Community Forest Fund to help other places in the region. Please read about the Fund’s catalytic impact and the opportunity we see for future investment and growth.


Community Forest Fund

Shea Community Forest OSI's Community Forest Fund supports the growing interest in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for conserving and capturing the economic, recreational, social and ecological benefits of forest ownership.




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