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Any successful forest conservation strategy must take into account not only the forest, but the human communities that depend on it. When communities find ways to derive income and employment through sound, long-term forest stewardship, they are able to conserve and protect their forests, thereby sustaining the basis for their own livelihoods and rural quality of life. The Pinchot Institute works with policymakers and directly with communities to ensure the sustainability of both the people and the forests.
Pine plantation
Federal Land Management
In an effort to sustain habitat for the California spotted owl, maintain and restore watersheds supporting trout fisheries and providing water supplies for the northern part of the state, sustain the forest products industry, and provide beautiful recreation lands, Congress passed the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act. The Pinchot Institute is reviewing the results of the pilot project.
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Stream in Delaware Water Gap
Common Waters
A critical resource for residents of the region and the millions of people who look to it for clean drinking water, conservation of the Delaware River is a priority for innumerable citizens and organizations. The Pinchot Institute is currently bringing together regional stakeholders to ensure clean water, natural places and working lands in the upper Delaware River Basin.
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Deforestation in Ecuador
Ecomadera
In the Rio Canande watershed of Ecuador, rural poverty and rapid deforestation are all too common issues. Through building a local sustainable forest management and wood products company, the Pinchot Institute is working to redefine the forest as a source of jobs and income for eight communities in the region while maintaining biodiversity.
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Children walking towards tree
Community-Based Forest Policy
Forest-based communities and forest practitioners have a key role in the stewardship and conservation of forest resources. Land management, climate, energy, and other environmental policies designed to protect and conserve forest resources also strongly influence rural communities. The Pinchot Institute is working to facilitate greater forest community and forest practitioner participation.
Wildfire in underbrush
Protecting Colorado's Front Range Forest Watersheds
Catastrophic wildfires can seriously affect local water supplies. The Pinchot Institute finalized a report assessing the magnitude of potential wildfire, forest health problems and hazards to watersheds along Colorado's Front Range.
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