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Community Forests in the Northwest: Addressing Barriers & Advancing Solutions

Posted by Renee Magyar on March 17, 2016

Presented by the U.S. Forest Service

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On May 9-10, 2016, Sustainable Northwest and the World Forestry Center co-hosted the Third Annual Community Forest Forum in Portland, Oregon. This is the only regional community forest conference and networking event focused on community forests in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California.

The event included a networking reception followed by a day of panels, in-depth presentations, and small group discussions that aimed to elevate understanding and awareness of community owned forests as a model to sustain working forest lands. We walked away with a new Finance Working Group committed to tackling the challenges of funding a community forest project, as well as action items around communications, governance, and policy.

This year, we are also hosted a field tour to two local community forests. First we visited the Mt. Adams Community Forest in Glenwood, WA, where Jay McLaughlin showed the group a recent prescribed burn area. Next we visited the Hood River County Forest in Oregon, where Doug Thiesies walked us though the forest's management strategy, contribution to the local economy, and connections to recreation.

Conference Presentations

Overcoming Community Forest Obstacles: A Success Story ~ Rebecca Brown, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Harrop-Procter Community Forest: Co-operative forest governance and management ~ Erik Leslie, Harrop-Procter Community Forest

Clean Water Funding ~ Jeff Nejedly, Washington Department of Ecology Water Quality Program

Community Forest Program ~ Scott Stewart, US Forest Service Washington Office, State and Private Forestry 

Field Tour Handouts

Mt. Adams Community Forest

Hood River County Forest 

This workshop is brought to you by:

        

Presented by the US Forest Service:

 Thank you also to our Sponsors:

Columbia Land Trust

Wallowa Resources

Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt

Campbell Global

The Climate Trust

Ecotrust Forest Management, Inc.

The Nature Conservancy

Beneficial State Bank

The Conservation Fund

Ecotrust

Mason, Bruce, and Girard, Inc.

Mt. Adams Resource Stewards