The decision by two groups to withdraw from the Northern Blues Forest Collaborative is extremely unfortunate. It is imperative that stakeholders with all perspectives work together to address the challenging issues facing our national forests and communities.

The Northern Blues Forest Collaborative was originally developed to foster tough conversations and relationships between groups representing diverse perspectives and values relevant to public land management. The goal was to develop projects that would help restore and steward the forest ecosystem and sustain social and economic benefits to local communities. Regrettably, they objected to a simple briefing from the U.S. Forest Service exploring the continued use of the 21-inch screen under current forest conditions, and anticipated future climate effects. That’s not collaboration, that’s a “my way or the highway” type of attitude.


Lindsay Warness currently works in the wood products industry and is a former member and founder of the Northern Blues Forest Collaborative.

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