Forest Restoration LINKS
Ponderosa Pine Forest Partnership -
Ponderosa Pine Forest Partnership is a ground-breaking effort to restore pre-1870
characteristics and functions of ponderosa pine on 493 acres of national forest and
private land in southwest Colorado so that fire could be allowed to regain its natural
role in creating a healthy forest. Since initial efforts, nearly 8,000 acres
have been treated or been prepared for treatment. The US Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service,
local loggers and millers, and college researchers and coordinators conceived and
conducted the demonstration to apply a new silvicultural prescription and to use local
logging businesses to thin thick, overgrown stands of small-diameter pine, then to conduct
research to make harvesting more cost efficient and to find new products and markets for
small-diameter pine, all with the goal of learning how to make this new restoration
harvest approach pay for itself.
Four Corners Sustainable Forests
Partnership - The
Four Corners Sustainable Forests Partnership
is a collaborative effort between businesses, federal agencies, local governments, tribal
organizations, and non-profit groups. The partnership has established a grants
program that funnels funds from Congress to communities and projects that demonstrate and implement creative solutions to
the forest restoration and economic needs of the region. A Regional Integrated Resource
Assessment, completed in 1999, includes regional forest conditions, available resource
supply, and existing and potential markets and business opportunities. The partners have
also begun a regional network of people to identify strategic actions, share
information, and technical assistance.
Network of Forest Practitioners is a grassroots alliance
of rural people, organizations, and businesses finding practical ways to
integrate economic development, environmental protection, and social justice.
NNFP is about connecting rural people with the goal of sharing knowledge and
ideas, building a national voice, and contributing to the well-being of rural
communities and the forests on which they depend.
Grand Canyon Forests Partnership
Grand Canyon Forests Partnership is an alliance of 15 environmental and
governmental organizations dedicated to researching and demonstrating approaches
to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding
Mountain Community Forestry Initiative - A good description of this multi-party
collaborative stewardship initiative in south-central Utah is available from the
Wild Utah Forests
Coalition. For more sites, just go to Google
search engine and type in the name.
USDA Forest Service Rural Community Assistance Program -
Rural Community Assistance programs help rural communities build skills, networks, and
strategies to address social, environmental, and economic changes. The website provides information and
links to various programs (Forest Products Conservation and
Recycling program and the Market Development and Expansion program), grant forms,
directory of coordinators and offices, and links to web sites
related to Economic Action Programs.
Learning Circle is made up of 17 organizations from throughout the Northern
California/Southern Oregon bioregion. They represent a wealth of experience in community
development and sustainable resource management practice. The CLC is an experiment among
the groups in working collaboratively to develop and implement ecologically sound,
strategies based on the idea of sustainability.
Western Ontario Land Stewardship Demonstration Areas Catalogue
— The Land Stewardship
Demonstration Areas Catalogue is an innovative project of the Ontario
Stewardship program to document practices which improve resource and land
for Achieving Forest Vegetation Health
a clearinghouse for both familiar and innovative vegetation management
tools that provides a grassroots approach to sharing information and
projects used in the field to restore and maintain forest health.
The site includes pages on strategic
planning and community collaboration.
Home Page helps communities increase protection from wildfire by making
sensible choices and implementing practical ideas.