The Task Force Restoration program is a bold initiative which redefines sustainable forest management and equips local communities with the tools needed to once again realize economic value from their local forestlands.
Bringing forest jobs back to rural communities and creating healthy forest ecosystems are not mutually exclusive ideas, rather, we can do both. Forest thinning projects can both improve a forest’s fire resistance and bring lumber into local mills; road decommissioning can both restore water quality and provide local contractors with work; targeted restoration work in wildlife corridors can both improve habitat and bolster the recreation industry in small towns.
Like many Task Force programs, this work is about connections. We connect community leaders with conservationists, forest service decision makers with local businesses, legislators with tribal leaders. The collaborative groups we participate in and lead have planned many successful restoration projects, and the future promises even more. Please read about our specific accomplishments and future plans by clicking on the individual projects on the left.
The Task Force has also published two landscape scale restoration plans, one for the Mount Hood National Forest and on for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Follow the links below to explore them.