Integrating Community Wellbeing
& Ecosystem Health

The health of forest and forest folk are profoundly interconnected.

Here's how we contribute to greater flourishing in our San Jacinto Mountain communities...

SOLIDARITY, NOT CHARITY

Our Mutual Aid Program
Connects Neighbors with Neighbors to Meet Basic Needs

Mountain Communities Mutual Aid is a simple, yet powerful platform that encourages members to express their needs so volunteers can find creative ways to help out. Once the needs are expressed, the possibilities emerge. Since March 2020, our food box program has helped alleviate food insecurity for hundreds of San Jacinto Mountain residents while providing a deep sense of meaning and connection for volunteers.

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THE MIND-BODY-FOREST CONNECTION

An Important Step Toward Addressing the Local Mental Health Crisis

Our mountain communities are not immune to the devastating mental health challenges that have intensified in rural communities over the past years. Many neighbors are experiencing social isolation, economic strain, heightened anxiety, depression, and the downward spiral of addiction. In 2022, we launched a six-week series of mental health workshops led by licensed therapists. Participants gained tools for handling distressing emotions and improving communication and relationships. There is much more to be done.

2012 Mountain Fire as seen from Idyllwild County Park.
NAVIGATING COMPLEXITY

From Ashes to Awareness

IFHP was born in the wake of the 2013 Mountain Fire. Hundreds of residents attended our Town Hall meetings to better understand fire ecology and the needs of our fire-adapted ecosystem. After exploring wide-ranging strategies for improving forest health, we came to understand the necessity of bridging ideological differences in order to develop community support.

MCMA FoodShare volunteers smiling in the clouds as a sun sets.
LEADING BY FOLLOWING

What Would a Flourishing Community Feel Like?

In order to listen deeply and better understand the needs of our community, we seek fruitful collaborations with local nonprofits, churches, agencies and other local organizations.

Have a Community Benefit Project in mind? Contact us!

MCMA FoodShare volunteers smiling in the clouds as a sun sets.
A lone pine with ths sun shining through it at dusk
LOOKING AHEAD

Let's Build a Pilot Project That Inspires Forest Communities Throughout the West

Catastrophic wildfire, food insecurity, financial distress and the climate crisis are not issues that will resolve themselves. Help us develop an ecologically sustainable, economically viable action plan that supports the health of forest and forest folk alike.

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FOR POSTERITY

Learning to Take a Longer View

When Europeans first colonized the American West, the forests averaged 40-80 big trees per acre. Such trees could withstand wildfire, and their root systems sequestered enormous amounts of carbon in the earth. By prioritizing education and ecosystem-based forest management, we can restore the health of the land for future generations.

Rings in cross-sectiof of redwood tree

We are Grateful for Our Partners & Supporters

Airtable

Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild

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Bautista Creek Ranches

Camp Maranatha

Ferro

FIND Food Bank

Forest Folk

Hidden Harvest

Idy Elders & Others

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Idyllwild Brewpub

Idyllwild Community Center

Idyllwild Community Fund

Idyllwild Fire Protection District

Idyllwild Laundry Service

Miss Sunshine’s General Store

LDS Church—Idyllwild Branch

Neighbor2Neighbor

P.E.O. Sisterhood

Riverside County Foundation on Aging

Riverside County Office on Aging

Sage Mountain Farm

Sandlin & Son

Soroptimist International of Idyllwild

Twilio

Village Hardware

Watershed Resource & Training Center

Western Eagle Foundation