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.
Executive Director, Wallowa Resources
Susan Jane Brown
Member, Blue Mountains Forest Partners & Staff Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center
Planning & Public Engagement Advisor, US Forest Service
Federal Forest Restoration Lead, Oregon Department of Forestry
Director, Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
Track: Revitalizing Rural Economies