Stewardship Contracting and Retained Receipts

To accomplish the Forest Service's stewardship responsibilities, creative approaches are needed to complete the necessary work and simultaneously contribute to the economic growth of local, rural communities.

Stewardship Contracting provides a means by which work may be accomplished using a single contract. During implementation, contract inspectors monitor compliance with the Stewardship Contract which contains provisions for resource protection, including but not limited to: seasonal restrictions, snag and coarse woody debris retention, stream protection, erosion prevention, soil protection, road closure and protection of historical sites.

Key Benefits:

Involvement of local communities, cooperating governmental agencies and others will be used to help monitoring efforts and develop specific pilot projects.

Receipts from stewardship projects remain on Forest to be reinvested into the project area and future restoration work.

Single entry, consolidation of multiple projects reduces impacts to other resources.

Find out more about Stewardship Contracting in the Forest Service from the Forest Service National Headquarters.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Retained Receipts Projects:

Some forest restoration projects are funded by retained receipts from past stewardship timber sales.  Projects proposals are evaluated and prioritized by two collaborative groups made up of private citizens and local organizations, the Pinchot Partner and South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative,  in consultation with Forest Service personnel.  After the Forest Supervisor reviews the recommendations from the collaborative groups, projects are formally approved by the Regional Forester in Portland, OR.

This year a total of 15 projects totalling $500,000 were approved for funding.  The projects span the forest geographically.

Approved projects meet the following forest goals and objectives:

  • Improve habitat for both anadromous and inland fish species.
  • Reduce sediment input through improved watershed condition.
  • Improve habitat for wildlife.
  • Improve forest health and enhance native vegetation.
  • Control of invasive species

View the Stewardship Contracting Projects Archive