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Ryan Temple

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Forest management, Sustainable forestry -- Forest Stewardship Council, Lumber trade


Interview of Ryan Temple by Amber Kinter at Portland, Oregon on August 4th, 2006.

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Ryan Temple began working for Healthy Forests Healthy Communities Partnership (HFHC) in 2001, after coordinating the Community Forestry Program for the Forest Trust in New Mexico.


Ryan Temple served as Director for Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities at the time of this interview. Temple took the position at Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, in part, because of his passion to use markets to drive conservation and sustainable community development. Forests and communities are interdependent according to Mr. Temple; one can’t have healthy forests without healthy communities, and vice-versa. The program’s goals are meant to be inclusive in order to encourage businesses to work with them and not be scared away from unreasonable sustainability expectations. Aside from working to get businesses to use sustainable products, such as sustainably harvested timber, Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities works with land managers, such as the Bureau of Land Management, to make sustainable timber available. If there is no source to get sustainably harvested timber from, then businesses are unable to, no matter how willing, buy locally or sustainably. Funding for the organization at the present time of this interview relies on grants, member dues, limited product sales, and fees for service. Over time Temple envisions using less grant money and working to have the organization become financially self-sufficient. A big part of the focus of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is developing business relationships and networking to allow their members to have access to other businesses that they could cooperate with in order to have beneficial results for all parties involved.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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