This site exists to provide rural communities and landscapes in the U.S. (emphasis on forest communities) with clear, up-to-date information on climate change policy. With this information, we hope to provide rural communities the opportunity to provide insight on important issues, and engage in decision-making and policy development from the local to the national level. This is a moderated site. We encourage participation and feedback.
The following organizations/coalitions manage and contribute to this site:
The Ecosystem Workforce Program works with rural forest communities and other people that face limited economic opportunity, political exclusion, and/or degraded landscapes to support the development of a high-skill, high-wage ecosystem management industry in the Pacific Northwest. EWP on Facebook.
Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition focuses on policy issues that affect rural communities, public lands management, and the continuation of a natural resource-based economy in the West. It is comprised of western rural and local, regional, and national organizations that have joined together to promote balanced conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the West.
Sustainable Northwest Sustainable Northwest helps people and communities restore and maintain ecological health, balance diverse interests, and promote economic opportunities. We’re headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Through collaboration, we bridge rural and urban interests, encourage entrepreneurship, and build trust in sustainable natural resource management and utilization in the western U.S. Sustainable Northwest manages the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition.
American Forests is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization. American Forests’ goals focus on protecting, restoring and enhancing forests for the ecosystem services they provide to communities. We advocate for our goals in the national policy arena and we work with community-based forestry partners in rural and urban areas to strengthen their participation in national forest policy discussions. American Forests seeks to broaden awareness of the interdependence of communities and forests through our policy, communication, and restoration tree planting activities with local partners.
The Forest Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of our forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them. We are a national organization with regional projects and programs across the country.
The following funders have helped launch this site: