Oregon and Washington have some of the most diverse and complex ecosystems in the American West. This region also has a deep history of conflict over the management of National Forests, particularly the protection of old-growth trees and critical habitat for wildlife and aquatic species. Furthermore, the economies of rural Oregon and Washington are intertwined with the management of these rich natural resources and the products and services they provide society. The interplay of public, tribal, and private lands makes addressing these issues both an opportunity and challenge to take an all-lands approach to restoration and management.
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) has provided Region 6 of the U.S. Forest Service with an unprecedented occasion to support and accelerate an all-lands approach to landscape-scale restoration. There are five projects that have been chosen to participate in the national program: the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, and Malheur National Forests in Oregon, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests in Washington.
These CFLRP projects are 10-year collaborative commitments to prioritizing needed restoration work, development of effective local utilization strategies, and enhancement of the markets for these products. Projects provide funding that is already resulting in tremendous benefits for rural areas, including job creation and stability, a reliable wood supply for local mill and market infrastructure, restored forest health, improved safety, and reduced fire suppression costs.
To help secure and further these benefits, Sustainable Northwest has partnered with Region 6 of the Forest Service to coordinate a Region 6 CFLRP Network. The Network will work to increase the successful implementation of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program through peer to peer sharing of lessons learned and an emphasis on successful case studies and experiences.
Goals of the Network
- Connect participants from the five Region 6 CFLRP projects and other “high priority restoration” areas in Oregon and Washington for learning and sharing.
- Identify core needs, challenges and successes in CFLRP planning and implementation.
- Share successful practices to enhance all landscapes as well as other national forests.
Media and Communications: Sustainable Northwest will utilize conference calls, email listserves and a website to collect and disseminate information and serve as a forum for network participants to ask questions and share ideas to advance CFLRP and landscape-scale approaches to land management.
Network Workshops: The Network will gather for workshops throughout the year. Please refer to contacts below for more information.
A goal of the Network is to ensure effective participation of agency staff and collaborative group participants. Important members include: Forest Service line officers and regional CFLRP leadership, diverse representatives of collaboratives, technical service providers, and private landowners associated with CFLRP projects.
Region 6 CFLRP Include:
- Deschutes Skyline Project
- Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative
- Southern Blues Restoration Coalition
- Lakeview Stewardship Project
- Northeast Washington Forest Vision 2020 (a “high priority restoration project”)
Collaboratives that are not associated with a CFLRP project will be invited to participate but the focus of the discussion in the Network will be on the challenges and successes of landscape-level planning and implementation associated with CFLRP. Participating collaboratives will have a baseline of the following elements:
- A structure and decision making process is in place
- Access to consistent funding
- Strong and consistent participation
- Success of coming to agreement on multiple projects
- Have completed planning at a landscape-level
For more information please visit Sustainable Northwest.