Magazine article American Forests

Congress Learns from Communities

Magazine article American Forests

Congress Learns from Communities

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Local people have a unique stake in the management of public lands. To help make that point, AMERICAN FORESTS and the Communities Committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress last summer sponsored tours for Congressional staffers in rural towns in California and Montana.

"We believe that having more people at the table will lead to better land stewardship," says Maia Enzer, AMERICAN FORESTS' director of forest policy. As local people see for themselves the conditions of the forest, their stewardship ethic emerges."

Both tours focused on improving the health of local economies through sustainable forestry. At California's Trinity National Forest, local forest workers explained how they can help restore and enhance watersheds; a craftsman displayed furniture built with small-diameter lumber discarded by the logging industry; and members of an Indian tribe described cultural stewardship as maintaining forests so they will sustain their descendants seven generations down the road.

In northwest Montana near Glacier National Park, members of the Flathead Forestry Project led a tour of restoration work designed by environmentalists, loggers, and Forest Service workers. …

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