Community forests are created, managed, and sustained by people. People make decisions regarding tree removal, tree retention, tree replacement, and tree maintenance. People can affect the landscape by imposing landscape-changing impacts in the community forest that are comparable to natural disasters in a wild land forest. Like natural disasters, some of these have positive effects, while others are primarily negative.
Educating people to make decisions regarding the community forest, or trees in their own yard, based on sound and reliable information results in a healthier and safer community forest with more positive human impacts than negative.