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  • 1. Community-driven Solutions toAchieve Sustainable ForestStewardship and ResilienceChad DavisDirector, Forest Stewardship Program
  • 2. Context of our work in the PNWOverharvest;suppression Top down Collaboration Local & policy regional economicLack of trust Place-based development solutions Economic decline
  • 3. Dry Forest Zone Land Ownership
  • 4. Economic Conditions (2009)
  • 5. Theory of Change• Society needs rural communities to protect, restore, & steward ecosystems in order to achieve resilient natural & human systems• Investment in community capacity will ensure that rural communities are meaningful partners in conservation• We promote: – Collaborative, community-based solutions – Business models that are appropriately-scaled and targeted at national and regional green markets – Public policy that supports these ends
  • 6. What is capacity? Asset Asset Development Development Political Financial Capital Physical BaseSocial & Cultural Human
  • 7. What does capacity result in?• Inspired local leadership• Collaboration between diverse interests• Strong community-based organizations• Thriving local businesses• Retained, improved, and new facilities, equipment, etc.
  • 8. What does capacity ultimately do?•Solves problems•Motivates innovation•Inspires replication•Creates resiliency
  • 9. SNW Programs of Work• Community Partnerships• Forest Stewardship – Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities – FSC Chain of Custody – Group Certificate• Klamath & Rangelands• Policy – Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition• Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc. – For-profit subsidiary wood distribution center
  • 10. Community Partnerships• Build strong community based organizations and businesses• Support collaboratively-driven landscape scale restoration & stewardship on public lands
  • 11. Community Partnerships
  • 12. Forest Stewardship• Increase rural access to green building markets (FSC, HFHC)• Support integrated community-scaled facilities, focusing on local/regional energy market
  • 13. Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.• Only distribution center in the country 100% committed to sustainable & local – Established in Nov 2008 for wholesale – To date, 80+% of value sold = FSC – Market penetration for juniper products – Retail opportunities developed due to service
  • 14. Policy Program• Promote ecologically responsible & economically equitable policy solutions – Increase investment in natural resource stewardship and rural development• Recently signed national-level MOU with the Forest Service
  • 15. RVCC• Annual Policy Meeting (Dec) – ~100 organizations/businesses/agency personell/local gov’t representatives• Western Week in Washington (April) – 100+ meetings in 3 days
  • 16. Case: Grant & Harney County, OR Pellet-fired boiler at John Day Airport Construction of pellet manufacturing line at Malheur Lumber Company Photo Credits: Andrew Haden
  • 17. Collaboration• Blue Mountain Forest Partners – 2006 County Judge Mark Webb invited SNW to help facilitate the group & develop process• Collaboration in action! – Projects grown from 7,200 acres (Dad’s Creek) to 40,000 acres (Elk 16) in 3 yrs – The Bigger Look – USFS Regional Office advanced CFLRP proposal• Malheur National Forest litigation-free for 5 years on veg mgmt
  • 18. Integrated campus / diversified products • New partnership b/t Malheur Lumber & Bear Mountain Forest Products • Leveraged existing mill; 75 jobs • New products using small-diameter – Pellets, “bricks”, animal bedding – 40,000 tons of biomass utilized • 15 new jobs – 6% of non-farm workforce
  • 19. Maximizing Energy: Heat• Energy “product”: 440,000 MMBtus – Heat output equivalent to 18 MW • Same volume would produce only 6 MWs in a stand alone bio-power facility – Reduce energy costs to regional facilities (schools & hospitals) by $4.4 million / yr – Will displace 3.2 million gallons of oil
  • 20. Keys to Success• Diverse support from community-driven collaborative process & appropriately-scaled• Integrated wood products campus• Maximizes revenue streams from low-value material• Market development is public-private partnership• Bracketed within a regional strategy
  • 21. A Resilient Forest-based Economy? Strong local NGOs• Tech assistance by federal agencies is significantly reduced• “Common ground” established; ready to go to landscape-scale• Private sector risk averse, particularly re: Fed supply• Local entrepreneurs are missing• Leakage of energy spending• Land tenure in question Local Assets / Regional Strategies
  • 22. What is the role of the FPS?• Go back to the future! – Decentralized production – Community “voice” is distinct – Thermal energy• Develop appropriately-scaled solutions – Restoration paradigm – Social reality – Local assets• Seek partnerships – Public-private ventures
  • 23. Martin Goebel Maia EnzerPresident Policy Program 221-6911 x102 (503) 221-6911 x111Chad Davis James HoneyForest Stewardship Program Director Klamath & Rangelands Program 221-6911 x110 (503) 221-6911 x106Twitter: @snwchad ASDF Main line (503) 221-6911