Partnerships are crucial to managing national forest resources

The US Forest Service works in partnership with public agencies, private organizations, tribes, watershed groups, volunteer organizations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals to manage national forest resources. These include water, fish, trees, soil, recreation facilities, roads, terrestrial habitats, invasive weeds, and more!

Multiple and dynamic partnerships between the Forest Service and other entities come in the form of agreements, grants, contracts, and volunteer commitments for specific projects or tasks needed to keep our forest healthy and active.

Local Resources

Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps

Every summer, around 100 local youth between the ages of 15 and 18 are hired to work outdoors on Central Oregon's public lands for full time hourly wages and the possibility of earning college scholarships. The COYCC program is administered by Heart of Oregon Corps based on Bend, Ore. but they field crews from Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, La Pine, Crescent, Madras, and Warm Springs.

Applications are generally accepted from April 1 to May 1 each year and can be submitted online at 

YCC crews Lake Billy Chinook

A Madras YCC crew clears brush around private residences on the Crooked River National Grassland near Lake Billy Chinook.




Children's Forest of Central Oregon

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is an exciting initiative with the goal to address “Nature Deficit Disorder” and move children, in age appropriate activities, from curiosity to awareness, understanding and ultimately engagement.  As the first nationally recognized Children’s Forest in the Pacific Northwest, this dynamic coalition has developed the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon for the benefit of healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy forests. 

MISSION: "The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon provides a network of outdoor places and programs dedicated to moving all children along a continuum of learning, exploration and healthy living through engagement with nature."

Find out more about this exciting organization here:

FFF Hutmacher photo

Volunteers teach Prineville grade school students about stream ecology at the annual Fin, Fire, Feather event at Ochoco Creek Park.





National Resources

Partnership Resource Center

Partnership Resource Center

The Partnership Resource Center (PRC) Web site, hosted by the National Forest Foundation (NFF), encompasses a collaborative vision formed by the Forest Service (FS) and the NFF. As a portal to vast areas of information, the PRC web site provides partners and FS staff with boundaryless information and access they need for enhanced working relationships. By increasing joint stewardship capacity and connecting people to people, the needs of natural resources can be met.

National Forest Foundation

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. Together, we work on solutions in community-based forestry, recreation, watershed restoration, and wildlife habitat.