National Forest Foundation

Panhandle Forest Collaborative

Panhandle Forest Collaborative

VISION

By assisting the agencies to bring balanced approaches to timber, wild ecosystems and recreation, the Panhandle Forest Collaborative (PFC) will help to contribute to sustainable social, environmental and economic viability within our region.

PANHANDLE FOREST COLLABORATIVE PROPOSED APPROACH

The Panhandle Forest Collaborative will focus on issues on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, primarily within the Sandpoint, Priest Lake and portions of the Coeur d’Alene Ranger Districts, with the goals of reducing litigation, promoting sustainable operations, enhancing travel and recreation opportunities, maintaining infrastructure for timber, ranching and recreation, and conserving native ecosystems.

By building communication and connectivity between on-going local community efforts and county, state and federal agencies, we will work as a group to provide consensus recommendations for project and forest plans which address our goals.

MEET THE FOREST COLLABORATIVE

  • Chris Bachman, Conservation Representative
  • Jeff Bynum, Conservation Representative
  • Jeff Connolly, County Representative
  • John Dabrowski, Recreation Representative
  • Kurt Dyroff, Conservation Representative
  • John Finney, Motorized Recreation Representative
  • Mike Gaertner, Non-motorized Recreation Representative
  • Alan Harper, Timber Representative
  • Phil Hough, Community Non-profit Representative
  • Travis Icardo, Hunting Representative
  • Liz Johnson-Gebhardt, Community Non-profit Representative
  • Eric Nave, Timber Representative
  • Mike Petersen, Conservation Representative
  • Peg Polichio, State Representative
  • Brad Smith, Conservation Representative
  • Kevin Wade, Non-motorized Recreation Representative
  • Laura Wolf, State Agency Representative


Meetings and Documents

The PFC meets on the third Wednesday of every other month from 12:30PM-4:00 PM at the Bonner Country Administration Building in Sandpoint, ID unless stated otherwise.

Panhandle Forest Collaborative Protocols (Updated January 2018)

Current Projects

US Forest Service's Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. General planning information for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest can be found here.

News and Press

Hughes Aquatic Restoration Project

OtHER COLLABORATIVE GROUPS AND RESOURCES IN THE AREA:

Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership

Kootenai Valley Restoration Initiative

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