Partnerships are crucial to managing national forest resources.

The Forest Service has worked with partners since it was established over 100 years ago. Partnerships in land stewardship reflect a growing and important trend by committed citizens, organizations, and government agencies. 

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest partners with a variety of entities, including non-profit organizations, State and Federal agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and communities, who actively work with the forest staff in the stewardship of the forest.  Together they achieve goals such as restoring habitat, conducting research for use in adaptive management, revitalizing communities, enhancing opportunities for recreation, engaging new citizen stewards, and resolving conflicts over resource management.

To learn how you can become a partner with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, contact Susan Thomas, Forest Partnership Coordinator at (509) 664-9222.

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 boundary less 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

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.

Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences – The Majestic Methow

Since 2012, a portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that encompasses the Pasayten Wilderness and stretches almost all the way to Winthrop, Washington, has been part of the National Forest Foundation’s (NFF) Treasured Landscapes. In this Majestic Methow area, the NFF, the U.S. Forest Service, individuals and corporate partners, and local conservation organizations are investing more than $2 million in important restoration work. The NFF’s Majestic Methow projects were developed during community meetings in the Methow Valley. Here is a brief description of our list.

Visit the NFF Majestic Methow site


Tapash Collaborative logo


Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative is working to improve ecosystem health and natural functions of the eastern Cascades landscape through the use of the best available science, community input and adaptive management.

Efficiency, communications, trust and innovative resource management are enhanced through collaboration. The Tapash Collaborative provides coordination, funding, facilitation and engagement with interest groups, local citizens and academia that enhances management decision-making and results in fewer appeals and conflicts during environmental reviews. Joint problem-solving regenerates projects that balance economic, cultural, social and ecological values.

The majority of our efforts are focused on the million plus acres of forested lands along the eastern edge of the South Central Cascades from Wenatchee south to the Oregon/Washington border.

See for more information and current projects.