Innovative Jobs-in-the-Woods Projects

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Title: Innovative Jobs-in-the-Woods Projects
Author: Taylor, Cynthia H.
Abstract: On April 2, 1993, President Clinton convened the Forest Summit in Portland, Oregon to learn first hand about the environmental, social and economic ramifications of changes in federal forest management in the Pacific Northwest. Out of this effort arose the Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative (NEAI). The NEAI aims to help workers, businesses, communities, and tribes that have relied on a forest products - based economy to adjust to changing economic conditions. The NEAT addresses four program areas of worker/community assistance: workers and families, business and industry, communities and infrastructure, ecosystem investment. The Ecosystem Investment Team (EIT) was formed to address the ecosystem investment program area. Its mission is to link watershed restoration activities on federal and non-federal lands to dislocated workers and their families and to businesses in affected communities in order to improve social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Congress asserted that, under the ecosystem investment program, four federal agencies would redirect approximately $27 million in 1994 to a new program called Jobs in the Woods (JITW). JITW aims to link priority watershed restoration work with family-wage jobs for dislocated workers in timber-dependent communities.
Description: 8 p.
Date: 1996

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