Who makes up our Collaborative?
- Okanogan Conservation District
- Okanogan County
- The Nature Conservancy
- US Forest Service – OWNF (Ex Officio participant)
Boise Cascade participates in the Collaborative because through conservation and sustainable practices, we are actively contributing to the responsible use and protection of the natural environment which benefits our employees, our customers, and the communities we work and live in.
American Forest Resource Council
AFRC’s mission is for the sustainable management of our public timberlands and a consistent and predictable supply of raw materials for our membership in timber sales. They participate in the Collaborative with the interest of increasing the pace and scale of forest management.
Washington Prescribed Fire Council
WPFC is a member of Collaborative to help advocate for the smart, safe use of prescribed fire in forest health projects. Fire can improve forest ecosystems by creating a mosaic of plant and vegetation types, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving community and economic resiliency. WPFC supports the use of prescribed fire across land ownership, including federally and state managed lands and locally and privately owned lands.
Department of Natural Resources
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources participates in the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative to achieve the goals of the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan. The 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan focuses on increasing the resilience of forests and communities in eastern Washington priority landscapes and collaboration is essential to achieving those goals.
C6 Forest to Farm
C6 Forest to Farm is committed to working with partners to protect our forests, communities and climate from the risks of extreme wildfire. We will promote healthy resilient forests and rural economies by converting excess forest biomass through a process that maximizes carbon sequestration, while creating valuable biochar based products for customers.
The Wilderness Society
The challenges our public lands face in the NCW are landscape-scale, far-ranging, and affect all communities in many ways. That means they require solutions and effort from broad stakeholders, Tribes, community members, and others. We’re here because Collaborative provides a forum for great minds to work together for a common goal that benefits all of us and the ecosystem in the region.
TU is involved in the Collaborative because coldwater fish in North Central WA need healthy forest lands to survive and thrive, especially in the face of climate change. We see collaboration as an essential tool to bring the needed capacity to the Forest Service to achieve restoration and management objectives for aquatic landscapes.
Chelan Douglas Land TrustChelan-Douglas Land Trust is honored to participate in the NCWFHC’s collaborative work to expand the scope and pace of forest restoration work in North Central Washington. By working together, NCWFHC’s members resolve questions around a particular project in advance so that implementation can proceed with support from agencies, conservation groups and forestry companies.
WA Department of Fish & Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) wishes to collaborate with other stakeholder groups to accelerate forest restoration in Chelan and Okanogan counties, with a primary focus on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands, through the Collaborative. WDFW’s 25-Year Strategic Plan (Nov. 2020) provides our agency’s roadmap of actions and outcomes for furthering the goal of achieving mutually desired outcomes through partner collaboration.”
Hampton LumberAt Hampton, we recognize the importance of community-led collaboration and the benefits of working together to find common sense solutions to forest management issues. We very much want to be a part of the conversation and to lend our knowledge and expertise to help achieve success on the OKWN NF. We also have a need for wood fiber for our local sawmills and a desire to work together to ensure the health and vitality of rural communities.
Cascadia Conservation District
The Cascadia Conservation District is dedicated to encouraging the wise stewardship of all natural resources in Chelan County. Cascadia is involved in the Collaborative because as residents of a fire-prone area it is important that we acknowledge the dangers that exist around us and take the appropriate actions to protect ourselves and our communities BEFORE a wildfire starts.
Methow Valley Citizen Council
MVCC believes forests and their neighboring communities can mutually thrive. They are committed to finding collaborative restoration solutions to improve forest health and habitat, reduce fire risk, create resiliency in the face of climate change and support local economies.