April 10, 2009
The Foundation’s Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative links healthy forest ecosystems to community vitality and supports our commitment to partner with rural communities to create vital economies in which benefits are widely shared. The Initiative is based on the belief that growing and managing healthy forest ecosystems makes economic and environmental sense.
The Vital Forests / Vital Communities Initiative (VFVC) launched in January 2003 with the release of a case statement issued by the Blandin Foundation. The case statement proposed an ambitious program to address a series of challenges facing Minnesota’s forests and forest products industry.
Evaluation was addressed in the case statement, and through the life of the Initiative has been a constant thread. Please see below for our evaluations to date, both at the Initiative and program level.