In the Northern Rockies, we are focused on providing programmatic assistance to the region’s numerous forest collaboratives and addressing critical forest and watershed conservation needs through restoration projects and programs that benefit local communities and conserve natural systems.
Connecting Communities to the Forest
Through NFF's Conservation Connect Program, we provide a learning platform for community-based groups and Forest Service employees involved in collaborative stewardship on National Forest System lands to exchange knowledge, tools and best practices. We also offer facilitation and administrative support services to a number of collaboratives in the Northern Rockies region including:
- 5B Restoration Coalition, Idaho
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group, Montana
- Clearwater Basin Collaborative, Idaho
- Panhandle Forest Collaborative, Idaho
On the Ground Restoration
NFF strategically engages in restoration projects on National Forests across the region; from restoring land after wildfire to enhancing waterways and improving recreation trails systems. We strive to engage communities in our restoration work through volunteer opportunities and by generating local grants to partners.
In 2019, we intitiated a new program – the Idaho Forest Fund – to step up the pace and scale of on-the-ground restoration and stewardship on National Forest lands in and around Idaho’s Snake River plain in southern Idaho. Modeled after our highly successful Northern Arizona Forest Fund, the Idaho Forest Fund provides an easy way for Idaho businesses and residents to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on.
Read more about this program: Idaho Forest Fund Summary