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Feb 5, 2010

Contact Information:
Star Dodd, sdodd@pinchot.org, 202.797.6582
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pinchot Institute to Partner with US Endowment on
“Healthy Watersheds through Healthy Forests Initiative”


February 5, 2010 (Washington, DC) – The Pinchot Institute for Conservation was announced as one of three partners participating in the “Healthy Watersheds through Healthy Forests Initiative (HWHF)” of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment). This $1.9 million grant will fund the Pinchot Institute and participants in the Common Waters Partnership program to link water consumers in downstream communities with water producers in the Upper Delaware River watershed.

The efforts of the Pinchot Institute will accelerate sustainable forest management in the region to sustain critical sources of drinking water for more than 15 million people while also providing wildlife habitat protection, the production of marketable forest products, and the health of forest-reliant communities. “Healthy forests are essential to providing clean drinking water to millions of people in this country each day,” said Pinchot Institute President, Al Sample. “This program will link people who benefit from clean water to the people who conserve and manage the forests that make this possible.”

The other organizations partnering with the Endowment are the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, working in the Upper Neuse River Basin located in central North Carolina (Raleigh, NC watershed) and the Virginia Department of Forestry, working in South Fork Rivanna Reservoir Watershed located in Albemarle County, Virginia (Charlottesville, VA watershed).

“We are seeking to link urban water consumers with rural forestland owners to reinforce the connection between upstream environmental benefits of healthy forests with the needs of downstream water users,” said Endowment President Carlton Owen. “This project comes at a crucial time when people everywhere must begin to work more directly with their governments and water suppliers at all levels to meet growing water needs during extended periods of drought likely to be exacerbated by climate change,” Owen continued.

The Pinchot Institute works to advance conservation and sustainable natural resource management by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. Healthy forests are critical to ensuring clean drinking water and other vital ecosystem services.  The Pinchot Institute works to increase public understanding and support for the crucial role of forest conservation in maintaining nation’s essential natural resource infrastructure. 
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