Conservation Northwest has been hard at work across Washington State to create models that unite conservationists and woods workers and rebuild and reinvest in rural communities.
Community collaboration is an amazing tool for rebuilding and reinvesting in rural communities and protecting and restoring Northwest forests.
- As part of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, Conservation Northwest works with community leaders, timber industry workers, and state and federal land managers promoting projects that protect ancient forest and roadless areas while ending years of conflict around forest management.
- Together with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force we created Pinchot Partners with its focus on restoration projects in second-growth plantation national forests that employ local contractors while protecting old growth.
- We helped form the Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group and today facilitate this group dedicated to restoring the function of the Upper Yakima watershed. The partnership groups share information, coordinate and leverage efforts, and collaborate on the Upper Yakima Restoration Stewardship Project in the I-90 corridor. This project also gets volunteers into the field to restore wildlife habitat in Washington's central Cascades east of Snoqualmie Pass.
The collaborative efforts we're involved in all carry the common thread of focusing on common ground activities that provide jobs and/or wood products while addressing high-priority restoration on our public lands. While Conservation Northwest prides itself on providing leadership and expert restoration knowledge for each of these groups, the success of each effort is dependent on the many varied individuals that contribute to each group. Each collaborative effort is unique in its goals and objectives. Many have emerged from opportunities rather than from conflict.
"Working for the health of rural communities is not something the environmental community considered when they set out to protect forests and wildlife, but it became a driving factor. " - Regan Nelson, Conservation Northwest
By participating in collaborative efforts, Conservation Northwest blunts the wedge that some political interests seek to drive between ecology and economy, rural and urban people, and the east and west sides of Washington State. The more that we can meet our conservation challenges with solutions instead of raw conflict, the better we sustain and build support in all things we do to protect Northwest forests and wildlife.
Learn more about our partnerships
- Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition
- Gifford Pinchot Task Force
- Pinchot Partners
- Oregon Natural Resources Council
- Sustainable Northwest
- Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group
- Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
- Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee
- Forest Service's PNW Research Station
- Washington Prescribed Fire Council (formerly North Central WA Prescribed Fire Council)
- Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative