Creating community benefit: Community Stability Panel, Western Governor’s Association Healthy Forest Summit, Missoula, MT, June 17, 2003
My message is basically that there are some positives trends, such the opportunities created by direct hiring and the Forest Service’s use of the local benefit criteria in its best value contracting in the Pacific Northwest. We can strengthen these successes further by focusing attention on how we structure contracts and by providing funding to community organizations to help build contractor and worker capacity. But there are also several worrisome trends as well--especially the competitive sourcing initiative and the use of increasingly large, multi-state or multi-forest contracts.
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