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Land Allocation Committee - July 18th Agenda
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Here is the July Meeting agenda for the Land Allocation Committee.

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Field Trip Agenda - July 19th
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July Field Trip

  • Here is the agenda for the PFC July field trip.
  • Meet at the Supervisor’s Office in McCall this Thursday, July 19th, at 10:00 a.m.. 
  • We’ll have some news about the upcoming visit from the Acting Chief and we’ll be accepting orders for the cool new PFC hats before we head to the Granite Meadows CFLR project area.


See you Thursday!


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Land Allocation Committee June Outcomes and Questionnaire
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Here are the June meeting outcomes for the Land Allocation Committee.

Also please note the request for Committee members to complete a questionnaire prior to the July meeting.  Agenda to follow soon.

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Next PFC Field Trip July 19th
by Wendy Green on 

WHAT:  PFC Field trip to Granite Meadows CFLR project area
WHEN:  Thursday, July 19th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Meet at the Supervisors Office in McCall at 10:00

This will be our first opportunity to go out as a group and look at restoration opportunities and related recreation and Wildland Urban Interface issues in Granite Meadows.  Please bring water and lunch and plan to be in the woods most of the day.

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Forest Supervisor's Notes: June 2018
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Erin Phelps Named as the New Meadows District Ranger
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Payette National Forest Supervisor, Keith Lannom is pleased to announce that Erin Phelps has been selected as the New Meadows District Ranger.  Phelps replaces Kim Pierson who moved to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as the Deputy Forest Supervisor.


“Ranger Pierson played a key role as the New Meadows District Ranger regarding our landscape scale forest restoration and building a productive relationship with the Payette Forest Coalition,” said Lannom.  “Her eight years on the District were immensely productive, she will be missed, and we wish her well in her new duty assignment.”


Incoming Ranger Phelps is an Idaho native and went to college at Eastern Oregon University, where she played volleyball and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing.


She began her federal career in wildland fire with the Boise BLM, then with the Forest Service on Interagency Hotshot Crews in Arizona.  In 2010, Erin moved into environmental planning as a Writer/Editor.  For three years, she served as the Forest Service Project Manager for the innovative Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, a large initiative funded in large part by the citizens of Flagstaff to fund fire hazard reduction treatments on the National Forest adjacent to the city.  In 2015, Erin was appointed the District Ranger on the historic Ninemile Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana.

Erin is excited to join the Payette National Forest and the New Meadows Community as she’s been recreating and visiting New Meadows since she was 10 years old.  “It’s always been where I can go to reconnect with family and the outdoors,” said Phelps.  “Some of my all-time favorite trail runs are on the New Meadows District, including the trail to Pollock Lookout.”  Phelps is happy to soon call New Meadows home, and added, “This area has always been a special place to me, and I’m looking forward to joining the community and the employees of the Payette National Forest in their effort to affect positive change at a landscape level.”  


Phelps will continue the work of her New Meadows predecessors to identify the most informed and collaborative solutions to shared forest management issues.  She will report to the Forest on August 19, 2018.  Dustin Doane will continue as the Acting District Ranger until that time.

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Grants Available
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Two opportunities to share with you today:


1)      New TNC initiative to fund NGO-led projects that work to “catalyze new approaches to restoring degraded ecosystems that will deliver tangible, landscape-scale climate mitigation benefits as well as complementary environmental, economic, and social co-benefits.”

-          Please see below for additional information. Proposals are due July 22.

-          Note that grantees must be non-profits (e.g. have approved IRS 501(c)(3) status)


2)      An invitation to submit your landscape to the Third Party Restoration Opportunities Inventory to support a USFS WO effort (including Watersheds Fish Wildlife Air and Rare Plants, National Partnership Office, and Lands staffs) to identify priority landscapes with potential for third party restoration and protection partnerships on critical wetland, stream, and habitat resources. You can fill out the brief, voluntary survey here: A recording of the informational webinar about this effort is available here.




 US Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator Launch

The Nature Conservancy is now launching a new Accelerator grant program focused on Natural Climate Solutions in the United States. The Conservancy is partnering with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), American Forests (AF), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Duke University to help catalyze new approaches to restoring degraded ecosystems that will deliver tangible, landscape-scale climate mitigation benefits as well as complementary environmental, economic, and social co-benefits.

Program Details

The US NCS Accelerator will identify and provide funding ($50-300k) to an initial set of three to five early-stage projects with significant potential to unlock landscape-scale deployment of natural climate solutions, including reforestation, improved forest management, and other opportunities for restoring degraded lands to maximize climate change mitigation and associated co-benefits.

The term for this first round of US NCS Accelerator grants will be 18 months. During this time, grantees will be expected to complete projects, achieve proofs-of-concept or accomplish other proposed tasks that will allow for project evaluation, including potential scalability of the NCS approach, ability to quantify climate change mitigation benefits and the ability to demonstrate the path forward for investors, businesses, nonprofits and/or policymakers to aid in bringing the project concept to transformative scale. After the 18-month demonstration phase, we intend to identify the most promising projects, which may then be eligible for more significant funding, if available, through future grants or other investment vehicles.


The US NCS Accelerator intends to provide grants to U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states and U.S. territories. The US NCS Accelerator is unable to make grants to for-profit corporations, individuals, universities, public agencies, municipalities or other types of government entities though we strongly support proposals from applicants that partner with these other entities in a way that may assist in unlocking scale.

How to Apply

Please email to request the application. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM EDT on July 22. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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June 21st Field Trip
by Wendy Green on 

REMEMBER we have a PFC field trip to Huckleberry this Thursday, June 21st!

Meet at the Council Ranger District at 9:00 and bring your lunch and water to be in the field all day.

Details with scheduled stops/discussion points to follow.


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Vegetation Committee - June Agenda
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Here is the Vegetation Committee Agenda for the Wednesday, June 20th meeting.

Please note the embedded links of references to prepare for the discussions.


Rick Tholen

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Roads & Rec Meeting tomorrow
by Wendy Green on 

See you in the morning (June 15th) for the Roads & Rec meeting, 10:00 to noon at the Council Ranger District, to discuss proposed road treatments in the Huckleberry project area.

If you need something to read tonight, here's an interview with Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief of the Forest Service, in Evergreen Magazine:
She's scheduled to pay us a visit August 17th for our PFC field trip.


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