The Task Force was established in 1974 to help promote sound forest practices and solve complex forestry issues with individuals that have a western forestry background.
The Task Force is comprised of two state Senators and two state Representatives (Assemblymembers) from Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington legislatures. The Canadian Province of Alberta is also a member of the Task Force. Their respective forest ministers and Members of Legislative Assembly represent the Canadian Provinces.
One of the common bonds of the Task Force membership is the significant federal land ownership within each member state. Federal policy and land management decisions can substantially influence the economic and social structures of the states, and particularly those with large federal ownership. Our members have pledged renewed vigor to advocate cooperative action on forestry issues.