Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Community Forest Program

Program level:


Land use:



US Forest Service

Benefits provided: 


Water-focused program: 


Create a community forest out of land that is threatened by development.



For forests that are threatened by development, communities acquire and establish community forests that provide community benefits. Benefits include economic benefits through active forest management, clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities, and public access for recreation.


Threatened by conversion to non-forest use.

Provides defined community benefits.

At least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested.

Financial benefit: 

One time payment from fee simple purchase

Contact information

Contact person: 

Janelle Geddes


US Forest Service

Phone number: 



Information last updated on November 1, 2021.

Planning Importance

Developing a forest, agricultural, or conservation plan helps identify and prioritize objectives for landowners. These objectives can determine what type programs to search for. Supporting organizations in your area often provide free consultation and planning.

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