The wood we need from the forests of home
 

The wood we need from the forests of home

WHAT AND WHY

The Build Local Alliance is a community catalyst drawing together and supporting people, businesses, and organizations committed to connecting “good” wood from local forests with local projects.  Our mission is to improve the vitality of local forests and related human communities by connecting local, responsibly grown and processed wood with local projects.  We are a 501c3 organization governed by a volunteer board.

WHO

All are welcomed and encouraged to participate in BLA activities. We specifically aim to serve and support all parts of the local wood chain, including forest owners and managers, millers and processors, distributors, designs, makers, and end users.

HOW

We use four main activities to advance our mission

Annual “Pieces of Eight” celebrations of remarkable and inspiring projects
Our “Into the Woods” workshops are offered regularly throughout the region
Forest hikes provide regular opportunities to explore a wide range of interesting forests
Evening Forums challenge us to explore questions that are central to the future of local forests and the good wood that they provide

All activities aim to educate, connect, inspire, celebrate, facilitate, and encourage exploration.

We believe that the decision of what is “responsibly grown” wood is best made by the informed individual.  Diverse perspectives are respectfully explored through constructive discussion.

WHERE

Our focus is the area of NW Oregon and SW Washington that is delineated by a line connecting Astoria, Mt. Adams, the South Sister, Florence, and Astoria.

CONNECT WITH US

To learn more and/or receive updates on activities, sign up for our mailing list (the form is at the bottom of this page). Or contact us directly at: info@buildlocalalliance.org.

Updates are also shared through facebook.

HISTORY and RESULTS

Since 2005 the BLA has effectively and creatively worked to fulfill its mission.  Activities and resources have facilitated connections, learning, and discussions that have contributed to hundreds of successful projects throughout the region.  Both forests and related communities are stronger because of the market connections that continue to be made. Tax deductible donations and offers of volunteer help are essential and appreciated; please contact info@buildlocalalliance.org to learn more.

RESOURCES

The Build Local Alliance Directory connects you to businesses that can help you achieve your goals.

Requests for inclusion in the directory may be sent to: info@buildlocalallaince.org

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

A Walk in the Woods: Farming Carbon in the Forest on Saturday, August 24, 2019, near Corbett, Oregon

Register for the hike HERE!

More hikes and programs are in the works! Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know!

RECENT ACTIVITIES

Pieces of Eight Celebration – May 9, 2019 at Migration Brewing in Portland, OR

Check out the videos from the Good Wood talks

Into the Woods Workshop – March 23, 2019 at OSU Extension’s Tree School in Oregon City, OR

Next class will be in November 2019

Forest Hikes – stay tuned for more hikes late summer and fall 2019!

Check out our October 2018 hike to the Valley of the Giants

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