Cooperating Forest is a designation that broadens our network beyond parcels meeting the size, age and ownership requirements set for 500-Year Forests.
We usually connect to member forests through conservation easements that follow the land, even as ownership changes. With Cooperating Forests, the connection is with current forest owners willing to engage in information-sharing and other networking activities. No easement is required.
Two cooperating forests, Haupt Forest and Mehring-Kalton Forest, are in Albemarle County, VA. The third, the Hurley Roth Forest, is in Greene County with owners particularly dedicated to eradicating destructive invasives as shown in the Greene County Record photo below.