Grant helps maintain Dry Forest initiative

Posted by Renee Magyar on November 26, 2013

We are pleased to announce a new grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust in support of our work in the Dry Forest Zone.

Photo credit: Michael Hatten

By Andy Giegerich

Sustainable Business Oregon editor

Sustainable Northwest has collected a five-year grant that will help the group enhance its dry forest zone initiative.

The group, which works on dual forest stewardship and economic development efforts, will collect $500,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust.

The dry forest zone effort aims to develop ideas that create family wage jobs, restore ecosystems and increase energy independence throughout the region. The four-year-old program began with a five-year $2.5 million combined seed commitment from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Agriculture Department's rural development arm.

Sustainable Northwest leaders say the efforts "will increase the resilience of forested landscapes at severe risk of uncharacteristic wildfire and drought, and revitalize local economies and communities suffering from conflict" as they seek to restore forest health.

"For years, this region has been plagued with declining forest health, poor timber market conditions, and high levels of poverty and unemployment," said John Audley, Sustainable Northwest's executive director. "With our partners, we are creating durable solutions for the health of the forests, communities, and economies in this region."

Meyer Memorial Trust has long worked with the Sustainable Northwest team. The Trust has provided backing for the launch of Sustainable Northwest Wood, the group's for-profit subsidiary, among other examples.

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