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Conserving The Health Of Our Local Forest Community


To observe, understand, and preserve forest ecosystem health:

to practice forest-centered conservation that is holistic and adaptive;

to support careful management of local family forests for ecological, economic, and social benefits;

and to foster a forest culture focused on community well-being, ecological resilience, and the quest for an optimal land ethic.


ALL MEMBERS of the forest community have inherent value.

AS MEMBERS of the forest community, people have legitimate needs for the economic, ecological, and social values of forests.

THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE—like those of all other earthly beings—should not exceed ecological carrying capacities.

RECYCLING, SUBSTITUTION, AND DURABLE USES of forest products should be promoted.

WORKING LANDSCAPES should include interconnected forest reserves and sustainably-managed forests.

ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY practices should conserve biodiversity, water quality, site productivity and scenic beauty; use only biological pest control; and mimic natural processes.

ECONOMICALLY-SECURE, WELL-INFORMED forest stewards—including landowners and the loggers and foresters who assist them—are most capable of practicing ecologically sustainable forestry and of making continuous improvement.

LOCAL FOREST PRODUCTS—from ecologically sustainable forestry operations—should be promoted over non-native products.

PUBLIC forests and small privately-owned forests should complement the functions and values of one another.

LOCAL VALUE-ADDING NETWORKS - including empowered forest friends and stewards, wood using businesses, and loyal forest product customers—are essential to the well-being of the forest community and should be encouraged.

© Vermont Family Forests 2010