The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and Pacific Northwest Region (USFS) are pleased to announce the recipients of $147,000 in grants to improve landscape conditions, forest health and water quality in Oregon and Washington. The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant program helps forest collaboratives and community-based organizations reach agreement on landscape-scale restoration and create forest-based jobs.

Developed as a partnership between the NFF and the USFS, the Community Capacity and Land Stewardship program provides capacity‐building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward improving landscape conditions, forest health and water quality.

Through this and many other programs, the National Forest Foundation facilitates local involvement and encourages community participation in forest stewardship to enhance the viability of natural resources while considering benefits to, and the involvement of, surrounding communities. Brief summaries of supported projects are provided below.

Blue Mountains Forest Partners Collaborative Capacity Building Project 

To implement a scientifically robust, multifaceted adaptive management framework that informs treatments on the ground and encourages wider collaborative participation in development of, and support for, ecologically appropriate treatments. 

Malheur National Forest 

Blue Mountain Forest Partners

Harney County Restoration Collaborative Talking in the Woods 

To enhance the Harney County Restoration Collaborative’s ability to engage our community to implement restoration projects and affect job creation. This will be accomplished by maintaining organizational capacity to sustain collaborative work. 

Malheur National Forest 

High Desert Partnership

Vision 2020: Broadening Collaboration across Sectors and Boundaries in NE Washington 

To increase diversity in collaborative representation, working across boundaries and using past monitoring to create projects supporting jobs & small business. Improved guidelines for roads and post-disturbance harvest are critical. 

Colville National Forest 

Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition

Incorporating Recreation into Collaboration 

To continue to facilitate landscape project development on the 30,000 acre Iron Creek watershed. They will also expand collaboration to include recreation and complete a forest wide huckleberry restoration strategy. 

Gifford Pinchot National Forest 

Pinchot Partners

Restoring the Wind River Watershed through an All-Lands Approach 

To develop a Wind River watershed landscape assessment through an all-lands approach and build capacity for collaborative agreement on controversial issues so that forest health and economic opportunities for local communities are improved. 

Gifford Pinchot National Forest 

South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative

Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy Partnership 

To enable us to better identify, implement and monitor projects, expand local capacity to use prescribed fire and create a story map to expand  public awareness. 

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 

Southern Oregon Small Diameter Stewardship Collaborative

Umatilla National Forest, Oregon

Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative 2017 Capacity Building 

To provide funding for a part-time coordinator/facilitator to provide much need support for SWFC board and collaborative committees.

Willamette National Forest 

Southern Willamette National Forest Collaborative

North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative 

To accelerate landscape scale terrestrial and aquatic restoration on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and create economic benefits and jobs in the region through restoration activities. 

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

Umatilla Forest Collaborative Group: Outreach, Education, Inter Collaborative Network Building 

To expand public outreach/accessibility, establish mutually-beneficial regional cooperative networks with other Collaboratives, continue facilitation of ongoing restoration projects, and design & implement a project monitoring process for students. 

Umatilla National Forest, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest 

Wallowa Resources Inc.

National Forest Foundation