Recent changes to forest industries have dramatically impacted forest-reliant communities. Adjustment to the new realities of the forest-based economy is difficult for individual communities acting alone. The Forest Investment Zones seek to ease this difficulty by creating regional networks to connect new value steams, build new organizational and financial capacity, and advocate policy in support of local forest-based development. The Forest Investment Zone program was launched in 2009 as a five-year initiative to test the concept that regional collaboration would increase local, forest-based economic success in distressed forested communities. In March of 2014, this initiative will end its five year funding period. Evaluation of the program will be complete by April 2014 and findings will be publicly reported. It is anticipated that key programs initiated in the three Zone programs will continue beyond the grant period.
In each Zone, the Endowment awarded funds to one partner that in turn established relationships with many other organizations. Each of the three organizations received $2 million from the Endowment over the course of the five-year program.
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