Partnerships increase the Dixie National Forest's stewardship capacity by connecting people within communities and meeting mutual natural resource goals. Today, collaboration has become essential to fulfillling the Forest Service mission of "Caring for the land and serving people". Communities, private landowners, corporations, non-profit organizations and citizens are critical components. They help develop long-range management plans, carry out conservation and stewardship projects and provide natural resource goods and services.

Partnerships result in benefits to communities and the Forest Service. Recent agency initiatives such as the National Fire Plan and the Healthy Forest Initiative are excellent examples of partnerships in action.

DNF Partnerships

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners LogoEscalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP)

Created in 2009, the mission of the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP) is to restore and maintain the natural ecological conditions of the Escalante River and its watershed and involve local communities in promoting and implementing sustainable land and water use practices. ERWP, a coalition of private and public agencies, groups, and individuals, has joined with local communities in a coordinated effort to protect and maintain a healthy river and watershed for future generations. The ERWP is focused on improving the health of the entire watershed, with special emphasis on the removal of Russian olive from the Escalante River and its tributaries. Over 6,000 acres have been targeted for treatment, with over half of the river treated to date.


IIC Intergovernmental Internship CooperativeThe Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC)

The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) develops public land leaders of tomorrow through being a centralized resource of committed and engaged Partners. We are collaborating to provide relevant and meaningful educational experiences and career opportunities to University and other youth in the region and meet partner needs for a diverse workforce. We encourage stewardship of and appreciation for the richness of the region’s lands and resources.


ACE Crew LogoAmerican Conservation Experience (ACE)

Founded in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona, American Conservation Experience (ACE) has emerged as a national leader in recruiting, coordinating, and training volunteers to undertake practical environmental restoration projects in America's national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Originally formed under the conservation corps model, which remains the central and largest program in our organization, ACE now provides a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants.


Utah State Parks LogoUtah State Parks

Utah State Parks manage your 43 state parks — from Bear Lake State Park at the Utah/Idaho border to Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum deep in the Four Corners region, and everywhere in between. They administer the Utah off-highway vehicle, boating, and trails programs. They also work to provide access to waterways and trails, and promote education, safety, and resource protection.


National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is the congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. The NFF and its grassroots partners address key challenges to the health of our National Forests and Grasslands.