This week marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a nonprofit group called Timber Unity, which aims to promote the sustainability of the timber industry.
“Our mission is to bring people together and inspire them to think of a new way to live,” said co-founder and chief executive officer Rachel Pankratz.
“And that’s not just for one year.
It’s a year and a half or two years of life after one’s tree.
You get to take back what you’ve already lost and do it better.”
Timber Unity has helped more than 3,000 timber families save money, find jobs, and expand their businesses.
The organization works with the federal and state governments to encourage timber communities to take the right steps to preserve their forests.
For example, the organization recently worked with the Department of Agriculture to help establish Timber Unity’s First Timber Recovery Program, which provides up to $1,000 per household for timber products and services.
The program provides a cash grant of up to half of the costs to households that save $50 or more per year.
“The most important thing we do is help families understand what their choices are,” said Pankrotz.
The foundation’s efforts have helped families save $4 billion, according to Pankrats.
And she hopes that the timber community will take the initiative to take steps to help the environment as well.
For a complete list of the organization’s initiatives, click here.
Timber Unity is located in the heart of Washington’s forest country, near a national forest.
A year ago, the foundation teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the timber company B.M. Brown, which owns several hundred million pounds of timber in Washington state.
In 2016, Timber Unity launched a program called Timber Youth Dentistry to help children learn how to care for their trees.
In October 2017, Timber Youth was established to help youth connect with their roots, including their trees, by providing education, training, and mentoring.
“We see ourselves as being the catalyst,” said Jacob Miller, Timber Family Development Manager.
“I think it’s important for kids to know how important trees are and how important it is to take care of your tree.
We want them to take a step back and say, ‘Wow, we can do better than this.'”
Pankrts foundation also partners with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the U