Sustainable Northwest has named Wallowa Resources in Enterprise as one of this year's recipients of the "Founders of a New Northwest" award.

Established in 1996, Wallowa Resources is a community based, non-profit organization. The organization works to blend the needs of the land and community. Through collaboration, Wallowa Resources strives to unite the public, conservation and industry groups, and government agencies in a common goal: the restoration of the forest ecosystem, and the cultural and economic health of Wallowa County.

Wallowa Resources emphasizes community empowerment in balance with state and federal agency collaboration. Through demonstration projects, educational programs, and market-based incentives, Wallowa Resources is working to create a healthy environment and a new healthier, rural community.

Sustainable Northwest, based in Portland, promotes environmentally compatible economic development in the Pacific Northwest. Sustainable Northwest created the "Founders of the New Northwest" program in 1997 to recognize individuals, businesses and communities working to reconcile individual well-being, community vitality, economic progress and environmental health.

To date, sustainable Northwest has recognized 140 Founders, including farmers, ranchers, foresters, business people, community activists, chefs, teachers, filmmakers, scientists, and government agency personnel. Recipients of the Founders award are selected by an independent committee recruited from businesses, government, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Wallowa Resources will be profiled along with 23 other Founders in a book to be published by Sustainable Northwest in May, 2003. The Founders award profiles are also available free of charge from www.sustainablenorthwest.org.

To learn more about Wallowa Resources or any of this year's "Founders of a New Northwest," please contact Meg Daly, communications associate, at (503)221-6911 or at mdaly@sustainablenorthwest.org.

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