“We wanted to start an organization where people met on the same side of the table, instead of across barricades. Maybe this all seemed radical, improbable. But our ideas began to click with many people: forest owners, managers, investors and conservationists who joined with us to form the Pacific Forest Trust.”
—Connie Best, PFT Co-Founder
The Pacific Forest Trust is pursuing a major strategic initiative to conserve one of America’s priceless forest treasures, the Klamath-Cascade Region. Stretching across almost 10 million acres in an arc from Mount Lassen across northern California to the headwaters of the mighty Klamath River in Oregon, the forests of the Klamath-Cascade are a patchwork of public and private ownerships that anchor both globally recognized biodiversity and California’s timber industry.
At the confluence of three major geological regions, shaped by Cascade volcanoes, and blessed with abundant water, the ecological significance of the Klamath-Cascade region has been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund, which designated it as one of the world’s critical “biodiversity hotspots.” The region’s four million acres of highly productive, privately owned forests form essential linkages between its publicly owned forests for fish and wildlife species, water flows and ecological integrity.
Learn more about our conservation partnerships in the Klamath-Cascade.
Report: California's Watershed in the Balance
In Fall 2011 PFT published The Klamath-Cascade: California's Watershed in the Balance. The report draws on years of research and advice from stakeholders in the region, including members of our Klamath-Cascade Advisory Council, which includes public agencies, government officials, foresters, scientists, private landowners and community development groups. Using the report as a guide, together we're working to raise awareness of this remarkable region and lay out a road map for cooperative efforts to conserve the forests that nourish the Klamath-Cascade’s communities and a sustainable 21st century rural economy.
Read the report online via Issuu:
Download a PDF copy of the report for an executive summary and recommendations for a new, “all-lands” approach to its management in order to secure the future of California’s primary water source. We need your help to: