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Nonprofit groups take up forestry

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During the past decade, the community-based groups have sprouted throughout the West. They've used federal grants, foundation money and private donations to fill the gap caused by Forest Service budget cuts that followed a decline in timber revenue after logging on national forests was cut in the 1990s.

"This really is a trend," said Diane Snyder, director of Wallowa Resources of Enterprise.

Snyder's organization budgeted $478,294 in 2003 to hire area contractors for work on public lands in Wallowa County, and more than $150,000 for contract restoration work on private lands.