Western Forestry Leadership Coalition
Formally established in 2000, the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition is a partnership between state and federal government forestry leaders in the west. The Coalition is comprised of 34 members including 23 State members, also known as the Council of Western State Foresters, and 11 USDA Forest Service members, including 7 Regional Foresters, 3 USFS Research Station Directors, and a USFS Forest Products Lab Director. The purpose of the Coalition is to address critical resource issues across ownerships and jurisdictions. This includes assisting family forest owners, rural and state fire organizations, and community forestry groups; and improving forest health, encouraging land conservation, and stimulating community economic recovery.
One of the Coalition's strategic priorities is to apply science-based forest management to improve forest ecosystem resilience in the face of a changing climate, and to ensure that forests are recognized contributors to climate change solutions. Their goal is to curb the affects of increasing temperatures by calling for forest management strategies that are adapted to climate trends thus helping forests sustain their health while also being able to contribute to reducing carbon in the atmosphere. The Coalition's agenda is presented in their 'Climate Change and Western Forests Policy Statement'.
- Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF)
- USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station
- USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
- USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station