Cooperatove Conservation Project
COOPERATIVE CONSERVATION CASE STUDY

Lakeface Lamb and Clearwater Stewardship Projects

New Contracts Enhance National Forests and Community Relations

Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains Region: Montana
Far West Region: Idaho

Project Summary: Stewardship contracts engage local communities in collaborative forest management and help National Forests meet their forest restoration goals.
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A high level of community participation and local agency dedication brings success to Lakeface-Lamb project. (PHOTO BY LIZ JOHNSON-GEBHART)
Resource Challenge

In 1999, Congress passed legislation giving the USDA Forest Service the authority to bundle land management tasks into a single long term contract. The Act also allowed the agency to use these "stewardship contracts" to complete restoration projects and to use any revenue for recreation or other unfunded projects.

Two Stewardship Demonstration Projects show how . exible contracts accomplish forest goals while involving the community in managing their National Forests. Both projects improved relationships with communities and the local public. No longer operating from pre-determined agency actions, Forests are free to collaborate with communities and employ local workers to help manage National Forests. 

Examples of Key Partners

The Lakeface-Lamb Land Stewardship Project involves 2,000 acres of private land and 5,200 acres of National Forest. The Priest Lake Ranger District developed the proposal in close cooperation with the communities. A broad-based stewardship committee was formed with . nancial backing from a non-profit organization.

Results and Accomplishments

The Lakeface-Lamb Land Stewardship Project involves 2,000 acres of private land and 5,200 acres of National Forest. The Priest Lake Ranger District developed the proposal in close cooperation with the communities. A broad-based stewardship committee was formed with financial backing from a non-profit organization.

The 7-year stewardship contract will employ local residents for projects such as treating noxious weeds, replacing culverts, maintaining roads, constructing and maintaining new trails, building . shing access points, thinning forests, and pruning pines. Timber revenue will be dedicated to other projects on the Forest.

The Lakeface-Lamb achievements include:

  • Repaired a mile of damaged road.
  • Reduced forest fuels on 8,500 acres.
  • Rehabilitated trails.
  • Repaired streams and removed damaged and failing culverts.

The Clearwater Stewardship Project, on the Lolo National Forest, was one of the nation’s first stewardship contracts. Its goal was to improve grizzly bear habitat, reduce sediment in streams, treat noxious weeds, and improve wildlife habitat. Activities included reducing sediment, improving water quality, reintroducing low-intensity fires to restore ecosystems, and enhancing scenic vistas.

The Clearwater project achievements include:

  • Selectively cut and thinned timber on 640 acres.
  • Treated 12.6 miles of roadside for noxious weeds.
  • Installed 7 bridges or arch culverts.
  • Retired 12.8 miles of roads.
  • Reconstructed 15 miles of road.
  • Graveled about 2-1/2 miles of road in 5 separate locations.
  • Rerouted an existing segment of road away from a stream.
Innovation/Highlight

The expanded contract authority allows National Forests more leeway in working with communities and in completing projects.

Project Contact
Liz Johnson-Gebhardt
Community Spokesperson
Priest River Development Corporation


208-448-0210
lizjg35@hotmail.com
Tim Love
Seely Lake Ranger District
Lolo National Forest


406-677-3905
tlove@fs.fed.us
Website: www.fs.fed.us/forestmanagement/projects/stewardship/results/index.shtml

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