Forest restoration work helped firefighters stop Boyds Fire
A to Z: A New Approach to Funding Forest Restoration
Tom Merritt's Eastern Washington home is about 15 miles away from where Boyds Fire broke out on the evening of Aug. 11. Perched high up on a hill, he saw smoke and watched as the fire rapidly grew.
"I was watching it from the deck of my house in Colville and I was like, 'Oh, that thing is getting after it,"' Merritt recalled.
And it did spread fast.
Get Out Fest Brings the Outdoors and Families Together
Northeast Washington is the gold standard in restoration and collaborative thinking and the A to Z project is proof of that. The premise of this program is that the contractor chosen for projects like this would be responsible for the added cost of environmental studies while using the timber they harvest during forest restoration practices. Doing this allows us to keep the forests healthy and provide needed employment opportunities and growth in private industry.
Innovation of the Month: Mill Creek A to Z Stewardship Project
Get Out Fest is a weekend-long event that aims to highlight the abundance of free family-friendly outdoor recreation opportunities that the area has to offer. Several area clubs plan to participate in group-led events that people can sign up for. Events include a fun run on the rail trail and a mountain bike ride and hike on the nearby Kettle Crest Trail, part of the congressionally recognized Pacific Northwest Trail.
Kettle Face Project a Collaborative Forestry Success Story
The U.S. Forest Service features many different innovations that highlight stories of people across the agency finding creative ways to be more efficient in their work, whether through use of new authorities, new technologies, or new partnerships. This month, the featured the Mill Creek A to Z Stewardship Project and the lessons we learned.
Secretary Announces $1.5 Million for Restoration Projects in Northeastern Washington
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.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today nearly $37 million in investments to mitigate wildfire threats to landowners and communities.