The mission of Western Forestry and Conservation Association is to promote forest stewardship in western North America. The association’s objectives are to:
- Promote the science and practice of forestry for the sustainable production of goods, services and uses of forest resources.
- Promote the dissemination of forestry research and technical information to those interested in the social, environmental and economic values of western forests.
- Promote cooperation and understanding of management issues among federal, provincial and state governments, universities, forest-related industries and others with professional and technical involvement with forest resources.
The association was founded in 1909 and member companies and organizations are located in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alberta. Richard Zabel is the executive director.
WFCA provides high quality professional continuing education for natural resource managers in the western United States. These events range from workshops and field trips to conferences on the science and practice of forest management. WFCA often co-sponsors events with outside groups interested in the goal of forest management.