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General session ic2011 davis


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General session ic2011 davis

  1. 1. Community-driven Solutions toAchieve Sustainable ForestStewardship and ResilienceChad DavisDirector, Forest Stewardship Program
  2. 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. 3. Dry Forest Zone Land Ownership
  4. 4. Economic Conditions (2009)
  5. 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. 6. What is capacity? Asset Asset Development Development Political Financial Capital Physical BaseSocial & Cultural Human
  7. 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. 8. What does capacity ultimately do?•Solves problems•Motivates innovation•Inspires replication•Creates resiliency
  9. 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. 10. Community Partnerships• Build strong community based organizations and businesses• Support collaboratively-driven landscape scale restoration & stewardship on public lands
  11. 11. Community Partnerships
  12. 12. Forest Stewardship• Increase rural access to green building markets (FSC, HFHC)• Support integrated community-scaled facilities, focusing on local/regional energy market
  13. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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