The Gifford Pinchot Task Force supports the biological diversity and communities of the Northwest through conservation and restoration of forests, rivers, fish, and wildlife.
- Thriving biological diversity supports the high quality of life in the Northwest and is embodied by healthy fish runs, functioning forest ecosystems, clean drinking water, and inspirational recreational experiences.
- The Northwest is one of the best places to demonstrate that conservation and restoration can support thriving local communities because the region still has habitat, biodiversity, and an infrastructure of businesses and contractors that have expertise working in the woods and restoring watersheds.
- Collaboration with local community members, government, and other organizations is our preferred approach to addressing conservation issues.
- We have a responsibility to efficiently and carefully use the financial resources entrusted to us.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest as a model:
The GPNF is crucial to habitat connectivity and species migration across the spine of the Cascades and is home to 51 documented or suspected threatened, endangered, or sensitive plant species (such as pale blue-eyed grass), 24 threatened, endangered, or sensitive animal species, and a host of rare and common wildlife ranging from jumping slugs and ensatina salamanders to coyotes, deer, songbirds, and hawks, and the elusive wolverine. These attributes make the GPNF the ideal location to demonstrate that restored Northwest ecosystems and thriving wildlife populations can be good for the land, the land management agencies, and our communities.