Framing Our Community, Inc. - Reducing Rural Poverty Through Integrated Economic Development

Authors: Shamar Bibbins, Green For All Green For All is committed to supporting works reducing poverty and producing economic development. The following is an excerpt from our first story from Idaho on the Green Economy Roadmap Framing Our Community, Inc. (FOC) has partnered with State and Federal Land Management Agencies to save our national forest and the communities within. Tucked away in the Clearwater Mountains of North Central Idaho, Elk City, Idaho lies within the boundaries of 2.2 million acres of the Nez Perce National Forest. Its population is 500. FOC has created an integrated economic development program to address the economic decline and environmental deterioration that the community and surrounding forest have faced for many years. Their "Jobs in the Woods" program creates educational opportunities and full-time jobs in the fields of Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Forest/Watershed Restoration.

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