Wildlife & Biodiversity

Western Trade Association Partnerships

The Western Wildlife Program

Research results from the Western Sustainable Forestry Program (WSFP) provide a scientific foundation for industry efforts to advance cost-effective approaches to conserving wildlife and biodiversity in managed forests.

The WSFP is managed by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. with supporting funds and wildlife research direction provided in part by three trade associations: American Forest Resources Council (AFRC), Oregon Forest and Industries Council (OFIC), and the Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA).

Activities of the WSFP are led by Dr. Jake Verschuyl, Director of Forestry Research – Western US and BC. Research funding provided through the trade association partnership is directed by industry representatives serving on the Western Sustainable Forestry Task Group and the Program Steering Committee (PSC). The 9 member PSC is comprised of representatives from AFRC, OFIC and WFPA.

Important functions of the PSC include (a) ensuring that WSFP wildlife research is properly aligned with strategic priorities of AFRC, OFIC and WFPA; and (b) coordinating efforts to obtain core regional funding support for industry led wildlife research studies. The PSC and the Western Sustainable Forestry Task Group provide budget recommendations annually to NCASI’s Forest Environment and Sustainability Task Group.