public lands provide a healthy habitat for wildlife and support local communities
America’s national forests face unprecedented and cumulative threats. The problems include accelerating climate change, a century of fire suppression, rapidly expanding development in the Wildland Urban Interface, a vast and crumbling road network, the spread of invasive species, increasing motorized recreation, firefighting costs spiraling out of control, and other stressors. These problems are harming wildlife, degrading water quality and exposing communities to unparalleled fire danger.
Counties who have high percentages of national forest used to rely on federal payments for significant parts of their roads and schools. Now that those payments are greatly reduced, they are trying to find substitute revenue or even take over management of federal lands. Wildfire risk and drought are driving potentially ecologically harmful forest practices that are not grounded in best science appropriate for different forest types and fire regimes. All of this results in reduced ecological resilience which puts at risk the public benefits our national forests provide. In short, our public lands are not ready to adapt to the changing climate and the agency’s efforts in the direction to-date are underfunded and out of scale with the need.
The Lands Council has responded to this public lands challenge by helping start three collaborative efforts in our region. Working with timber companies, county commissioners, recreationists, and rural leaders we have started to find common ground on managing our public lands. The results are better restoration projects, increased forest health, and support for permanent protection of the most pristine parts of the forests. The Lands Council is also working to keep public lands open to all citizens, and not turn them over to private ownership. We are working with elected officials to increase funding for public lands, as well as increase the pace of forest restoration.
Inland Northwest Wildlife and Agriculture Cooperative
The Inland Northwest Wildlife and Agricultural Cooperative, as a branch of The Lands council, is dedicated to collaboratively promoting the coexistence of livestock with wolves and other wildlife. The Cooperative works to prevent livestock predation through the use of adaptive agricultural practices and non-lethal measures.
This Cooperative is pro-wolf and pro-agriculture - dedicated to promoting gray wolf recovery and acceptance with the support of rural agricultural community. We provide resources and non-lethal tools to those living with and threatened by large predators. Our ultimate goal is to prevent the killing of wolves, along with the killing of livestock.
We fundamentally believe the gray wolf is critical to the health and functionality of ecosystems and support full restoration of the gray wolf throughout Washington and its historical range. The Cooperative opposes government, state, and federal, sanctioned killing or hunting of the gray wolf and advocates for the use of humane non-lethal management practices.