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Developing Institutions for Community Forestry in Northern California

Research report

Research report

Rural communities in powerful industrial countries may face similar challenges in managing local forests to communities in developing countries. This paper reported the progress of a community in California, USA, towards strengthening their own control over local forests. Existing forest policy did not specifically favour local residents in terms of decision-making and benefits from the forest. By the time this paper was written, a proportion of state forest had been designated as one of a series of adaptive management areas to be co-managed with local residents, but recognised institutional structures to allow co-management were lacking in both the community and the Forest Service.

Cecilia Danks