This thesis reveals opportunities for rapid shifts in forest composition to enable community agency in shaping future forests. Our desires shape the forest and the forest shapes us. As the southern pine beetle migrates north, chewing through thousands of pines in the southern New Jersey Pinelands, foresters respond by cutting down acres surrounding infected trees. This proposal activates these openings as sites for novel practices and shifting plant assemblages. Where the beetle marks the forest, trees from southern regions are planted, accelerating their migration path and spawning hybrid forest communities. Engaging with existing Pinelands practices, this proposal enables community engagement through alternative tree care practices that give agency to vibrant plant behavior. Over time, these shifts in woody species and community practice will aggregate across the Pinelands, broadcasting the forest and its associated labor as a legible shifting system.