Volunteers are the heart of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee (MFRC). Participating through the at-large committee, steering committee and local forest committees, sixty-five dedicated participants have contributed more than 4,850 volunteer hours valued $195,280 (2009 MFRC 2nd Annual Report).
Coordination of these volunteer efforts is provided by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MTDNRC) Forestry Division. A cost-share agreement between the MTDNRC and the U.S. Forest Service provides additional resources to coordinate and facilitate the work of local forest committees and support the work of the MFRC coordinator and Steering Committee Co-chairs.
The MFRC Funding Action Plan Committee is exploring additional funding strategies to promote on-the-ground application of the Montana Forest Restoration principles to Montana’s National Forests.