Summer at Sustainable Northwest

Summer is well under way, and so is our continuing work to find natural resource solutions that work for both people and nature. We want to update you on our July achievements, including the next steps in Sustainable Northwest investing more than $2.5 million in forest restoration and wildfire risk reduction in southwest Oregon. 

Sustainable Northwest Wood's next Sustainable Wood Stories webinar on Tuesday, August 11 at noon, and this time it's all about Oregon White Oak!  Their panel of speakers will provide an overview of Oregon White Oak’s historic range, its place in the ecosystem, the factors leading to its decline, how forest managers and mills apply the “working forest” concept, an Oregon White Oak habitat restoration initiative, and how architects and designers in our region are learning to better utilize this beautiful, local hardwood. Register today!

We would also like to recognize our two summer interns, who have been doing terrific work remotely. Natalie Swope is a rising sophomore at Princeton University who is working with SNW on crop yield analysis and energy/climate mapping. Gwynn Llewellyn is a rising sophomore at University of Redlands who is focusing on water quality and forest management projects during her internship.


Greg Block, President

SNW to Invest $2.5 Million in Southwest Oregon

Oregon has experienced year after year of record-breaking wildfires, threatening human health in at-risk communities and harming forest ecosystems. In response, Sustainable Northwest is launching the Southwest Integrated Forest and Fire Treatment (SWIFFT) initiative. This ambitious 2-year project will invest more than $2.5 million in targeted efforts to accelerate forest health and wildfire reduction treatments next to communities and critical assets west of Medford into the Applegate Valley. A collaboration between public agencies, local leaders, communities, and philanthropy, we will complement and leverage long-standing efforts for immediate impact, while advocating for increased investments across the broader region.

Contact Sustainable Northwest if you would like to join this effort and learn more.

SNW Secures Funding for Electric Tractor Pilot Program

Great news! Sustainable Northwest and our partners have secured funding for our innovative electric tractor pilot and will launch the program this summer. Electric tractors are quiet, require no imported dyed fuels, costs less to use, and are emission free.

If you are interested participating in the pilot project and testing an electric tractor, please contact our Energy Program Manager Bridget Callahan.

Historic Decision on Removal of Klamath Dams

Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the partial transfer of ownership of the lower four Klamath River dams from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) for the purpose of dam removal. The approval is conditioned on PacifiCorp remaining a co-licensee. This is a critical step in the removal of four dams (including the Iron Gate Dam, pictured above) in Klamath Basin, which Sustainable Northwest has been working towards for more than a decade and is now slated for 2022.

Klamath communities that depend on salmon fisheries for economic and cultural survival have campaigned for years to remove the lower four Klamath dams. The dams provide no irrigation diversions, no drinking water, and no flood control benefit. Join us in urging PacifiCorp to honor our commitments to the Tribes and communities whose heritage, economic prosperity and ecological health depend on restoring the great Klamath River.

Find out more about the Klamath dams here. 

Staff Profile: Jordan Zettle, Green Markets Associate

Jordan’s love for hunting and fishing fosters his ongoing desire to protect and conserve the natural world he’s grown to love. He works closely with Paul Vanderford as the Green Market Associate. His scope of work involves restoring forest ecosystems in the Northwest by rewarding responsible and sustainable forest management practices. He helps oversee our FSC Group Program adhering to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International, making certification accessible, affordable, and feasible for small businesses, and rural communities throughout the Northwest.

With DEI and on-the-ground work a priority in his work, he is looking to continue to develop and oversee policies that enhance rural, urban and Tribal voices in the market. Jordan is involved with project teams sourcing Federal Forest restoration wood, helping to bring jobs to rural areas, prevent forest fires, and in the process, restore ecosystems. His involvement with the Western Juniper Alliance, small businesses, the City of Portland, and various projects in Washington are all closely intertwined with one of his main goals: rewarding stewardship that benefits both forests and people.

Hannah Meganck, Operations Manager, and Jenna Knobloch, Forest Program Manager, generate massive free advertising for Trader Joe’s during a staff retreat mushroom hunt in October 2019 on the Oregon Coast

Header photo credit: USFS 2007
Electric tractor photo credit: Solectrac
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