TNC expands forest restoration partnerships with US Forest Service to include new agreement with Idaho Panhandle National Forest aimed at restoring forest health, reducing flammable material and risk of severe wildfires

Sample article from our Government & Public Policy

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho , September 14, 2022 (press release) –

The Nature Conservancy is expanding its partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service to include a new agreement with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF) aimed at restoring forest health in North Idaho. Building on a model TNC established last year with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the partnership advances TNC and the Forest Service’s mutual goal of implementing forest restoration practices that reduce flammable material and the risk of severe wildfires.

A core focus of TNC’s resilient forests program is aimed at scaling restoration practices like thinning and prescribed fire to make Idaho forests and communities more resilient to climate change. There is an urgent need to ramp up fuel reduction treatments, yet a lack of capacity to do so amidst increasingly frequent and catastrophic wildfires that stretch fire management resources thin. TNC’s direct partnerships with the IPNF and other national forests are designed to help fill this gap while furthering TNC’s forest restoration goals.

It’s imperative that we increase the pace and scale of forest restoration work because climate change is making our forests more vulnerable to destructive wildfires, drought, disease and pests.

Resilient Forests Strategy Manager

Over the coming years, TNC and IPNF will coordinate to deploy experienced, trained crews to primarily focus on these proactive treatments under safe and managed conditions. A TNC crew successfully completed a project in IPNF earlier this spring by safely burning more than 20,000 hand piles—piles of woody debris from trimmed trees and bushes—across 400 acres. This effectively removed hazardous flammable materials in a wildland-urban interface area of Kootenai County, helping reduce the threat of severe wildfires to the forest and nearby communities.

“Healthy forests are essential to healthy communities, especially in Idaho,” says Matthew Ward, TNC’s resilient forests strategy manager. “It’s imperative that we increase the pace and scale of forest restoration work because climate change is making our forests more vulnerable to destructive wildfires, drought, disease and pests. We are excited to partner with the U.S. Forest Service on proactive treatments that, over the long term, will help protect our forests and communities from these impacts.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

* All content is copyrighted by Industry Intelligence, or the original respective author or source. You may not recirculate, redistrubte or publish the analysis and presentation included in the service without Industry Intelligence's prior written consent. Please review our terms of use.

See our dashboard in action - schedule an demo
Dan Rivard
Dan Rivard
- VP Market Development -

We offer built-to-order government & public policy coverage for our clients. Contact us for a free consultation.

About Us

We deliver market news & information relevant to your business.

We monitor all your market drivers.

We aggregate, curate, filter and map your specific needs.

We deliver the right information to the right person at the right time.

Our Contacts

1990 S Bundy Dr. Suite #380,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

+1 (310) 553 0008

About Cookies On This Site

We collect data, including through use of cookies and similar technology ("cookies") that enchance the online experience. By clicking "I agree", you agree to our cookies, agree to bound by our Terms of Use, and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. For more information on our data practices and how to exercise your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Policy.