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Under Secretary Robert Bonnie Announces $1.5 Million for Restoration Projects in Northeastern Washington
Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service Partnership Continues Conservation Work Nationwide
BOISE, Idaho, February 19, 2015 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today nearly $37 million in investments to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities. This is the second year of a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet.
National Forest Foundation Hosts Inter-Mountain Collaborative Summit
Missoula Mt. The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition (NEWFC) participated in a three day regional conference, October 28-30, organized by the National Forest Foundation and focused on national forest collaboration across Montana, Idaho and eastern Washington. The conference delved into issues ranging from new and innovative ideas in forest restoration project design, implementation and post-project monitoring.
Kettle Face Project a Collaborative Forestry Success Story
Kettle Falls, WA. The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, local citizens and the U.S. Forest Service met September 19 to take a firsthand look at the success of the collaborative Kettle Face Project that was recently completed in the Deadman and Matsen Creek area of Ferry County, in the Colville National Forest.
Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition Overview
Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition created a forum that promotes dialog and problem solving working collaboratively with public lands managers to support forestry jobs, restore, maintain and preserve healthy forests across the region.

Washington Groups Collaborate with DNR at Forest Summit in Wenatchee
Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition and other groups attended the Washington Forest Collaborative Summit in Wenatchee on September 8, 2014 and provided feedback to the Department of Natural Resources on its Report to the Washington State Legislature.


Forestry Tour Highlights Northeast WA ’s Diverse Timber Industry and Collaboration on Colville NF Projects Colville, WA—Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition and Society of American Foresters (SAF) members hosted 35 SAF National Convention attendees from around the nation on a tour around the Colville and Kettle Falls areas Sunday, October 28. Former Forestry Coalition President and past SAF Inland Empire regional chapter Chair Lloyd McGee and other local members of both organizations planned and hosted the tour and the SAF national convention, which was held in Spokane October 24-28 and attended by 1,700 people, including U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers also attended and spoke at the convention and highlighted the need for increased forest management and the successful forest collaboration efforts on the Colville National Forest .

Colville National Forest and the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition Announce Forest Restoration Projects
The Colville National Forest has selected over twenty forest restoration projects for 2012 that have been funded as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act. The additional restoration work on the Colville, which will create new private sector and agency jobs, was made possible by a $968,000 federal grant that will fund year one of a ten year forest restoration project in Ferry and Stevens counties.

The Spokesman-Review
Funds for Forest Grooming Good for Wildlife, Water, Fire Prevention
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the awards last week, which include first-year funding of at least $1million in new appropriations for the Colville National Forest and more than $300,000 for the Idaho Panhandle. The Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition worked on the Colville proposal, while the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative was instrumental in the Idaho Panhandle’s proposal. The two groups seek to find common ground among the timber industry, environmental groups, tribes, local governments and other interests. FULL STORY CLICK HERE

Forestry Proposal Clears First Hurdle Towards Millions in Federal Funding Forest Vision 20/20 Would Create Needed Jobs in the Tri-County Area

March 3, 2011
In late February, the Forest Service regional office in Portland gave an initial green light to a proposal for a large-scale forest restoration project that would be a boost to northeast Washington’s timber economy.  If successful, the proposal, called the NEW Forest Vision 20/20, would bring in over 31 million dollars over 20 years to help implement shovel-ready forest restoration projects on the Colville National Forest and other lands in the Kettle Range MountainsFULL STORY CLICK HERE

Related story in Spokesman-Review: Forest Has Too Many Trees. NEWFC Hopes to Thin Forest.
From Timber Wars To Timber Dollars
New film documents transition from controversy to common ground

on the
Colville National Forest

Colville, WAIn the 1980s and ‘90s, loggers and environmentalists fought battles over clearcutting, wilderness and the future of the Colville National Forest. Some called it the timber wars. Many have heard about the fighting over our forests, but few have heard the rest of the story about the transition to common ground. For the past seven years, local timber industry leaders and environmentalists from the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition have been working together and have found new ways to resolve many of the forest management challenges of the past.

In the coming months, the Coalition will be hosting several free community showings of a new film that documents their story and shares some of the history of the Colville National Forest. The film, From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story, explains how our Colville National Forest has gone from gridlock to becoming a national model for collaborative forestry success that has helped sustain our local timber mills and economy during these tough economic times.

The film has recently been shown in Newport, Republic, Kettle Falls, Chewelah, and Spokane. For more information about setting up a screening for a group you belong to or to get a copy, e-mail

From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story


Collaboration with Colville National Forest Generates
Millions for Tri-county Economy

Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition has released a new fact sheet that highlights the economic benefits their collaboration with the Colville National Forest and the local timber industry bring to the tri-county area. CLICK HERE

Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition Fact Sheet Increased timber harvest

Learn about NEWFC background, finances and collaboration projects that have increased annual harvest volume on the Colville National Forest from 18 to 61 million board feet . Find out about NEWFC involvement in local Economic development and the Forest Planning Process. CLICK HERE

Collaboration Spurs Economic Growth
Monitoring demonstrates projects that are good for our forests and economy
Coalition members

Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, a broad coalition that includes Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Columbia Cedar, Avista Utilities, Ponderay Newsprint, conservation groups, and other independent foresters and businesses, met with Colville National Forest Service officials in the field October 7 and 8 to review outcomes of completed collaborative projects in the Burnt Valley area east of Chewelah, and Bangs Mountain Project in eastern Ferry County. Read more: CLICK HERE

Blueprint economic study Independent Study on Economic Impact of NEWFC Collboration

At the request of NEWFC, Headwaters Economics conducted an examination of northeast Washington’s communities and economy to determine the possible impacts of the "Blueprint" proposal for managing National Forest lands in the region.

Click here to review the results at the Headwaters Economics website.

Read the Bangs Mt / Burnt Valley Monitoring Report Monitoring report

NEWFC developed a monitoring protocol collaborating with Colville National Forest staff, and soliciting input from the Stevens County and Ferry County Conservation Districts.

Read more: CLICK HERE

Selected Roads Open Only to Disabled Hunters' Vehicles Roads open for hunters

Disabled hunters made more than 200 trips last year to hunt wildlife on Colville National Forest access roads specifically designed to accommodate them.
Read the Spokesman-Review story CLICK HERE