Restoration in Action: Communities for Healthy Forests Break Ground with SFI Grant Support

ForeDSCN1433_squarests do so much for us. They provide us clean air, filter our water, sustain an unbelievable breadth of plant and animal life, and offer an incredible sanctuary to recharge our spirits. They also provide us with the products that we use every day – wood for building homes and furniture, paper for packaging, rayon for clothing, and so much more.

Forests do all these things free of charge when we steward them appropriately and sustainability. Sadly, all too often that means restoring the land after a devastating wildfire. That is exactly what Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (CHF) an Oregon based non-profit, has set out to do with support from an SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grant in response to the 2013 Douglas Complex fires. Earlier this week, the group celebrated a day of forest renewal by replanting native seedlings in an educational event that saw 50 fifth graders from Fir Grove Elementary and SFI program participants – Plum Creek and Swanson Group – engaging in the very stewardship that fire affected forests desperately need.

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