To recover thriving fish and wildlife populations and to protect community water sources, the Gifford Pinchot Task Force continues to work to protect our public lands from destructive mining, grazing, timber practices, and more. When we act to finally protect remaining mature and ancient forests and roadless areas, we will be able to look to the future with more confidence that we can successfully restore the biodiversity and resilience of our forest and watersheds.
The Task Force’s programs are deeply rooted in the foundation of ecological restoration—assisting the recovery of resilience and adaptive capacity of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. We work to reconnect fragmented landscapes so fish and wildlife habitats can survive floods, fire and drought – all of which are predicted to increase in intensity and occurrence with climate change. For example, we work with coalitions and rural community members to prioritize closure of roads, which can be turned into trails or other non-motorized recreational areas while restoring fish and wildlife habitat.
The Task Force works with other organizations and with coalitions to shape national legislation and Forest Service policies to protect and restore Northwest public lands.