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Living with Fire

NFF Philanthropy & Partnerships Coordinator Marlee Ostheimer describes her first fire season and the questions it's raised.

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Tree Planting: Partnering for Good

Consumers are increasingly interested in supporting businesses that have a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Creating meaningful sustainability initiatives that strike a balance between your business and the environment can be challenging. The NFF’s Trees for US program offers a proven solution: strategic reforestation partnerships designed to benefit your business AND restore America’s forests.

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Answering “Why Here, Why Now?” – Collaborative Input on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

In my experience as a facilitator, I have seen collaborative groups conflict with the Forest Service about where and how to restore national forests. In addition, collaborative groups often ask the Forest Service for the long-term strategy to prioritize restoration projects on the forest – which involves more specific details than you can find in a forest plan. On the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, the Forest Service and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group have found a way forward.

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Five NFF Reforestation Projects of 2015

2015 was a big year for the NFF’s Trees for US program. With the help of our corporate partners, small business partners and generous individuals that contributed to our program, we planted an incredible 1.5 million trees across our National Forests. The following list is just a small sample of projects the NFF supported in 2015.

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Course Corrections

A heady conference and a rocky Sierra river crashed together for me recently, providing a powerful reminder of how small course corrections can fundamentally change dynamics in a situation. In Denver, I participated in a 300-person conference on collaborative forest restoration organized by the NFF.

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Southwest Connects with National Forest Foundation

Our National Forests provide critical resources such as fresh water, clean air, as well as significant economic, health and wellness benefits. At Southwest, we feel an obligation to work together to help conserve these precious lands by aligning ourselves with partners like the National Forest Foundation.

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Combining Business Passion with National Forest Restoration

The Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge is one of these creative initiatives. Designed to bring entrepreneurism and market-based innovation to natural resources management, the Challenge awards $100,000 in prize money to business concepts that hold promise for increasing National Forest restoration.

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Looking back at 2015 – Bison make their way to Midewin

As 2016 starts afresh and we look forward to the New Year, it’s also fun to reminisce about memories from the last twelve months. Among the milestones, one is especially memorable. 2015 was the year that the NFF, U.S. Forest Service, and many partners worked together to bring a small herd of bison to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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NFF Supports Youth Crew in Minnesota for ATV Trail

This past June, a crew of teens from the Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa completed work along the Big Aspen ATV Trail in the Superior National Forest. The trail, located in northern Minnesota, traverses 20 miles of rolling trails through a large pine and hardwood forest. Several scenic vistas make the Big Aspen ATV Trail an especially popular destination.

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Increasing Engagement in Forest Plans

As part of our mission, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) offers neutral facilitation services for collaborative efforts that benefit National Forest System lands. Over the past year, we have been asked to conduct collaborative assessments and design stakeholder processes in order to expand engagement in forest planning.

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