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    • 04 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference:
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    Please join the National Partnership Office and National Forest Foundation for an upcoming peer learning session focused on funding and administrative challenges related to visitor centers and interpretive associations. The objectives of this session will be to: (1) discuss innovations in visitor center funding and administration; (2) discuss ways to increase the sustainability and relevance of visitor centers; and (3) explore the advantages of working with partners to provide visitor center programs.

    We have a great line-up of speakers:

    • Terry Terry, Program Specialist with the Southern Regional Office, will provide an overview of the results of visitor center assessments in the region.
    • Jeffrey Owenby, Cradle of Forestry Director/Recreation Staff, will share maintenance and engineering outcomes and lessons learned from the visitor center assessments in the Southern Region and will describe the process of developing a collaborative business plan for Blanchard Springs Caverns.
    • Cheryl Hazlitt, Interpretive Planner and recent acting Manager, Center for Design & Interpretation, will discuss outcomes from an assessment of the El Portal Visitor Center in relation to relevant messaging and renovations.
    • Last but not least, Rika Nelson, Executive Director of Discover Your Forest, a partner in the Pacific Northwest Region, will discuss their innovative partnership agreements for staffing visitor centers.

    This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about visitor center management and the important role of partnerships. Bring your questions and ideas!    

    Please note that this session starts at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, May 4th, 2017.  This is one of a series of peer learning sessions for the Partnership Network, sponsored by the National Partnership Office and offered in cooperation with the National Forest Foundation.

    • 24 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Sacramento State Alumni Center

    Day 2 of this two-part series on capacity building in Forest Service Region 5, is brought to you by the National Forest Foundation.  

    (Information on Day 1, hosted by the Sierra Institute, is included below)

    About Day 2 of the Workshop 

    The NFF workshop will focus on building capacity around governance and decision-making; public education and engagement; planning with the Forest Service; and funding for collaboration, implementation, and monitoring, among other topics recommended in the capacity needs survey administered earlier this year. The workshop will involve a combination of peer panels, tabletop exercises, open space, and plenary discussions.


    Wednesday, May 24

    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Sacramento State Alumni Center 

    Cost: $25/ Person

    Includes lunch, beverages & snacks


    Travel Logistics

    • There is no hotel room block for this workshop. We have pulled together THIS LIST of nearby lodging options, you will have to make your own hotel registration.
    • Parking is provided. Pick up your parking pass on-site at registration.   

    Travel Assistance

    NFF is providing a modest number of needs-based scholarships available to support participation in its May 24 workshop, and associated travel and lodging. 

    If you need such support please complete THIS FORM and remit following the attached instructions by April 26.

    Please note that scholarships are restricted to organizations working on California National Forest issues. 

    Information on Day 1

    The workshop will focus on all-lands management, from planning to implementation, and will foster discussion about existing tools and authorities for all lands-lands management implementation, facilitate work sessions to discuss specific ways to advance individual projects, and identify future opportunities for partnership with state and federal agencies. Travel and lodging support is available for participants in the Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) effort.


    Tuesday, May 23

    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Sacramento State Alumni Center 

    Cost: $25/ Person

    Includes lunch, beverages & snacks

    If you have questions about the Sierra Institute workshop, please contact Kyle Rodgers, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, at 530-284-1022 or

    To register visit:

    We look forward to seeing you in May!


    If you have questions about the NFF workshop, please contact Dorian Fougeres, National Forest Foundation, at 530-902-8281 or

    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference:


    The NFF will host an informational webinar on the Matching Awards Program on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT to provide program overview and answer questions from prospective applicants. 


    The National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands.

    The program supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System, and encourage community involvement in its stewardship.

    For more information on MAP visit:

    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

    The National Forest Foundation, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and U.S. Forest Service are excited to host a Friends of the Forest® volunteer stewardship event to remove trash from the mountain slopes of scenic Stevens Pass. Volunteers will have an opportunity to ride a ski lift to reach cleanup areas.  Complimentary BBQ lunch is provided by the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort.  

    Volunteers must register by July 31, 2017. 

    Volunteers should bring rain gear, bug repellent, and, in order to work on the steep slopes, wear ankle supporting boots with good traction (i.e. hiking or work boots). 

    When: August 16, 9:00-2:00pm

    Who: 150 volunteers and staff

    Where: Base area of the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort


    This year we will be giving some prizes to the finders of the most unique piece of trash! 


    The base area of the resort is located south of US-2 approximately 2 hours from Seattle and 40 minutes from Leavenworth. From Seattle, take I-405 North to exit 23 (Highway 522) for Wenatchee/Monroe, then travel east on US-2 for 50 miles to the resort. From Leavenworth, travel west on US-2 for 36 miles. Park at the south entrance near the base of the resort.


    Coordinate with Dayle Wallien (National Forest Foundation) at 206.832.8280, 

If you have any questions about the above NFF Events please contact 

Emily Struss at or 406-830-3360, or

Emily Olsen at or 406-830-3369

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