Philosophy

The International Federation of Community Forests is an organization dedicated to improving standards of community forest care and recognizing the people that are faithful to the cause.

A community forest is any population of trees that is not managed by a government administration, nor a private production forest, nor any other forest scenario where trees are grown for forest product. A community forest, therefore, is a non-production forest, and may consist of either native trees or introduced species. Examples may include: universities, resorts, golf courses, associations, corporate campuses, institutions, and private land.

National forests tend to be administered by federal government, and urban forests by municipal government. And there are several groups that oversee and monitor production forests. We are looking to account for all the remaining forests of the earth that do not fall under the oversight of a governing body, by enacting proper arboricultural standards that are appropriate for each category of forest, and incentivizing the proper management of them.