What is a Model Forest?

A Model Forest is a defined eco-geographic unit comprised of a relatively large area in which forestry is the main land use, and serves to promote effective forest management and stewardship practices that are compatible with water quality protection.

What Can You Learn From a Model Forest?

Supported through a voluntary partnership among individuals and organizations with a stake in the management of the forest resources, a Model Forest benefits from the combined expertise and resources to identify, develop, apply and monitor the effects of innovative, locally-specific approaches to sustainable forest management. Model Forests serve as outdoor classrooms to educate students, teachers, forest landowners, and communities by sharing knowledge and demonstrating sustainable, replicable approaches.

Vision for the Forest

The vision for the Clearpool Model Forest is to create broad public commitment to forest stewardship by helping students, teachers, forestry professionals, and the community to understand and experience the shared benefits that can be attained and preserved through properly managed forests, including:

  • Protection of public and private water supplies
  • Improved air quality
  • Protection of biological diversity
  • Increased recreational opportunities
  • Access to sustainably harvested forest products