The Pinchot Partners strive to bring together differing perspectives in an open and safe forum in order to discuss and create innovative projects that incorporate the fundamental principles of ecosystem management. Ecosystem management recognizes that social values play an integral role in how we manage our public forest land, and seeks to meet social needs while maintaining ecological integrity.
The Partners have been engaged in a diverse set of project the seek to create quality local jobs, recreational opportunities, and benefit watershed health. Learn more about some of our projects below.
Draft Huckleberry Management Strategy
The Pinchot Partners have had a long interest in working to develop a long term vision for the management of huckleberries on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Early cooperation with the Cowlitz Tribe and the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District led to the Pole Patch Vegetation Management project to enhance huckleberry production in historic picking areas, while also creating valuable logging and milling jobs in the local area.
This effort, with support from the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, and the work of many other partners including the US Forest Service and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has created the Draft Gifford Pinchot National Forest Huckleberry Management Strategy. The Pinchot Partners will be working with interested stakeholders to further refine and enhance this document.
Instream Wood Bank Network.
In collaboration with the Cascade Forest Conservancy and with financial support from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Instream Wood Bank Network is a collaboration of landowners, state and federal agencies, tribes, and nonprofits that identifies and sources non-merchantable or fallen trees and uses a series of ‘wood banks’ to store wood until it is ready to be used for aquatic restoration work. The partnership includes a wide variety of restoration groups who will use the wood from the ‘banks’ to build instream habitat. In addition to supplying wood for the restoration projects of partner organizations, the network advances restoration in new areas by helping to prioritize, design, permit, and coordinate the installation of small and medium-size wood structures to increase restoration efforts in critical habitat areas not currently addressed through other efforts.
The Instream Wood Bank Network is a win-win-win for landowners, local economies, and conservation groups. It is a deeply collaborative project that brings together a variety of stakeholders and functions opportunistically to make our waterways healthier and more resilient.