Rural Development Through Land Stewardship

Forests play an essential social, economic, and ecological role in the Pacific Northwest. The region has also been a national leader in pioneering collaborative, community-based solutions to contentious natural resource management challenges. This session will focus on how communities can engage in collaborative forestry discussions, specifically how local communities can benefit from public land stewardship and restoration. Participants will hear from state, federal, nonprofit, and community leaders who are leading innovative approaches that support thriving local communities through forest stewardship.


Nils Christoffersen
Executive Director, Wallowa Resources

Susan Jane Brown
Member, Blue Mountains Forest Partners & Staff Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center

Maia Enzer
Planning & Public Engagement Advisor, US Forest Service

Phil Chang
Federal Forest Restoration Lead, Oregon Department of Forestry

Karen Hardigg
Director, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

Track: Revitalizing Rural Economies

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