A community forest is a forest that is managed collectively by local people, usually with timber and non-timber forest product extraction.
"Glossary", FOREST RESTORATION RESEARCH UNIT, 2008. "Research for Restoring Tropical Forest Ecosystems: A Practical Guide". Biology Department, Science Faculty, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. http://www.forru.org/PDF_Files/rfrtfpdf/rfrtfappendix.pdf
A community forest can be described as any forestry operation managed by a local government, community group, or First Nation for the benefit of the entire community.
FAO Forestry Paper 142, FAO, 2003 (http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/y4653e/y4653e00.htm#TopOfPage).