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Framing Our Community (Elk City, ID)
FRAMING OUR COMMUNITY, based in Elk City, Idaho,
helped with forest and watershed restoration in partnership with the
BLM Cottonwood Field Office, including accomplishments in BLM’s
fuels, forestry, riparian and fisheries programs. It has helped
portions of BLM’s National Fire Plan.
Since 2003, it has hired and trained local workers to conduct
boundary marking, timber cruising, thinning, pruning and hand
piling. And, it has contributed to the local economy by hiring
contractors and promoting businesses that utilize and market small
Through Framing Our Community’s forest restoration and community retraining program, it works to restore habitat, improve watershed conditions, train displaced workers in methods of forestry that create the least amount of disturbance, study new methods of extraction and develop new equipment, all of which is monitored and assessed. Their integrated approach to community-based forestry creates a process that begins in the woods with forest and watershed restoration, fuels reduction for fire safety, and ends with the manufacturing of value-added wood products for urban markets.
This is exactly the type of community-based landscape stewardship that the Public Lands Foundation was thinking of when it established this awards program. The Public Lands Foundation is pleased to grant Framing Our Community this Landscape Stewardship Award.