About the Yaak Valley Forest Council
Yaak Valley Forest Council formed in 1997 because local residents were concerned with the health and management of the forest lands in which we reside. Prior to YVFC’s conception there had never been a lasting, organized effort of area residents (Yaak Valley based) to advocate and implement conservation, and restoration programs focused specifically upon the valley’s critical wildlife habitat for the myriad sensitive, threatened, and endangered species inhabiting the valley’s landscape. Now, after over eleven years of operation, YVFC has more than 100 local supporters and a national mailing list of over 1000.
With a dedicated staff and active Board of Directors, YVFC has established a strong and growing conservation presence locally within the valley, as well as the region. YVFC is led by residents of the Yaak Valley, residents who know the landscape intimately, who have a high level of field experience, and who have developed strong collaborative projects with other grassroots groups, as well as county, state, and federal officials toward habitat conservation, restoration, and connectivity, as well as the cutting edge of community economic development. Our board of directors, staff and supporters share a commitment to the valley that consistently requires sacrifice and tenacity to help ensure that present and future resource management of the Yaak Valley continues to move away from the resource extraction paradigm, and toward a new local paradigm based increasingly on stewardship principles of forestry, including habitat conservation and restoration of the Yaak’s roadless areas through the Wilderness Act of 1964.