A Tale of Two Forests: Community Engagement in Vermont and Puerto Rico

by April 5, 2011Las Casas de la Selva: Tropical Rainforest

On the first Saturday of each month there is a themed community forest walk. Here, Vermont historian Bob McCullough tells community members about the 1832 Thompson House, a unique feature of the Jericho Forest.

Equally important to the management of a forest is the degree to which its relative communities are considered and involved. A forest can be a place where neighbors and visitors can come together to share, develop, and celebrate their connections to each other and the land. Attention to community building and engagement in a forest setting can augment the ecological integrity through fostering local support and collaboration in management objectives. But what is community? How is it defined?

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