Stewardship In Action
We are committed to the long-term success of our natural resources and economic and community growth.
Since 2003, our work has branched into a number of projects and activities. These are housed within three program areas: 1). caring for our natural resources, 2). economic development built around a stewardship economy, and 3). helping develop stronger, more resilient communities.
Natural Resource Stewardship
Our stewardship efforts are focused on the inextricable link between the health of the land and the well-being of our rural communities. Our work has involved restoration of ecologically unique features on the Mt. Adams landscape, working forest conservation through the Mt. Adams Community Forest, consulting forestry services for public and private forest landowners, and work with the South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative Group on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Balancing the needs of nature and our local economies is a challenge that we’ve taken head on since 2003. We’ve worked with contractors and landowners to develop local markets that complement land and resource management challenges found in the Mt. Adams region. These efforts are realized through our Small Wood Utilization Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Network, and other various undertakings that respond to opportunities, challenges and needs in our communities and the Mt. Adams landscape.
Working with partners in the non-profit, business, and public sector we’ve helped bring programs and projects to life that benefit local communities. Working with students and community partners we’ve led efforts to grow community gardens, install a school-based solar array, and get our youth outside and into the forest to better understand the natural systems that surround them. In 2013 we aided in connecting the Glenwood Valley to a broadband network so residents could finally pull the plug on dial-up.