Economic vitality is a key component of sustaining rural communities and effectively managing natural resources.

The Watershed Center’s effort to create jobs and support businesses that facilitate sustainable natural resource management helps prevent the cycle of boom and bust natural resource industries by sustainably managing the land–striking a balance between human needs for forest products and ecological health—and protecting communities from the poverty that makes them vulnerable to new cycles of boom and bust.

Our economic development programs address key components necessary for the long-term health of the land, and remain at the core of our mission to invest in thriving communities and resilient landscapes.

Learn more about how we are improving economic vitality and creating jobs below: