REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Hughes Aquatic Restoration Project (HARP). The Priest Community Forest
Connection is partnering with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Kalispel Tribe and others to complete the HARP. Click here to download and read the document.
Here are a few photos of Forest Expo 2016, held on two days in May at the Priest River Experimental Forest. Local students learned important lessons relating to forest stewardship. See more about the Forest Expo in the video lower on this page.
The Priest Community Forest Connection recognizes and implements community-based solutions to interdependent social, ecological and economic issues. The PCFC has three action goals: (1) to promote community education and collaborative processes concerning local forest issues; (2) to ensure forest and ecosystem health through private and agency based forest restoration opportunities; (3) to help provide for a sustainable forest resource-based economy within the local region.
The PCFC Board of Directors managed the Lakeface-Lamb Forest Stewardship Project which took place on the southwest corner of beautiful Priest Lake in northern Idaho. The result of this nationally acclaimed forest fuels reduction and restoration project is a safer and healthier ecological condition for the Priest Lake forest. In addition, the project generated over 3 million dollars of income, most of which has been turned back into the local economy through contracted services. This project was and continues to be the backbone of funding for PCFC. Through grant funding from the National Forest Foundation, PCFC was able to start up with an office and their 501 (c) 3 status. Some education programs are also funded through grants, but the day-to-day activities are funded through careful management of the account created by the original stewardship project.