Socially Engaged – Just as forests have ecological and economic potential, they also have social potential.  We define this as the ability to add important value to the human communities in which the forests are located.  Hyla Woods reaches toward that potential in a variety of ways, including actively cooperating with a large number of schools, teachers, and student as we continuously learn about the forests, hosting a wide range of curious visitors, choosing management approaches that prioritize regular use of local labor over investments in capital equipment, freely sharing information about what we do and learn, and being members and/or leaders in many local, forest-related organizations including the Build Local Alliance, Small Woodland Association, and the Forest Stewards Guild.