Why Accreditation?

Community Forests are different from other types of forests. There are government protected forests that are intended for public use and enjoyment. Separate and distinct are production forests that are heavily regulated for timber production and forest products. Urban forests typically consist of the collective tree population of a particular municipality. Preserves and arboreta are even further examples of protected tree populations.

So what is a Community forest? Community Forests are tree populations that exist on private property, including master-planned communities, offices parks, shopping centers, churches, college campuses, golf courses, theme parks, and other privately owned & managed development.

Community Forests contribute significant environmental benefits, from carbon sequestration to wildlife habitat to oxygen production and more. Property stewardship is necessary to ensure their preservation and protection.