The U.S. Forest Service International Programs and its partners host seven international seminars. Participants, natural resource management professionals from around the world, provide their own funding for the 3-week long seminars held mostly in the US. The seminars stimulate deliberations and problem solving for issues related to unique areas of natural resources management. The 2016 seminars include:
NEW SEMINAR for 2016: The International Seminar on Mining will be held in the southwestern state of Arizona. The seminar will discuss emerging issues in mining in the US and globally. The seminar is designed for mid-career professionals who wish to take part in an interactive and intensive training to explore themes such as the environmental impacts of mining, conflict management, public consultation, artisanal mining, reclamation and how the Forest Service manages mining on Federal lands. The program is sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs.
|International Seminar on Mining|
The International Seminar on Watershed Management is held in the southwestern United States. The southwestern U.S. is an excellent case study for watershed managers. There are tremendous pressures placed upon the area’s extremely scarce water supply. These include increasing demand for this resource, legal conflict, and competing uses and practices. The seminar is designed for mid-career professionals who desire to take part in an interactive and intensive training and exchange program on integrated watershed management. The program is sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs.
The International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, held in Oregon, is designed to stimulate interaction and learning on a broad spectrum of issues related to forest landscape restoration. The Seminar is designed for mid-career professionals with interest in forest landscape restoration who wish to participate in an engaging, interactive, and highly informative training and field study program. Attendees will learn about tools and best practices for assessing forest landscape restoration opportunities and developing and implementing landscape restoration plans across a mosaic of land uses, and will be introduced to approaches for fostering collaborative partnerships. Oregon is an ideal location to learn about innovative restoration approaches. The State contains examples of long-term restoration projects across a mosaic of land uses, covering a wide range of ecosystem services and bringing together diverse and sometimes conflicting interest groups. The seminar is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, in collaboration with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
|Forest Landscape Restoration Seminar|
The US Forest Service International Programs and the University of California, Davis host the International Seminar on Climate Change and Natural Resources Management in California, United States. Because of its national leadership on climate change legislation, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and multiple resource management agencies, the State of California is an ideal location to learn about cutting edge land management practices under climate change. The State contains many ecosystems affected by climate change, while facing pressure from rapid human growth, water scarcity, and important agricultural land uses. The seminar is designed for Natural Resources managers with a professional interest in climate change issues who wish to participate in an engaging, interactive, and highly informative training and field study program. Attendees will learn about adaptation and mitigation practices for managing Natural Resources in the face of climate change and its potential effects on Natural Resources. They will learn about policy and technological developments in carbon markets and offsets.
|Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Seminar|
The International Seminar on Protected Area Management is held in the northern Rocky Mountains of the western United States. Designed for senior level planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas worldwide, this integrated state-of-the-art course examines strategies to conserve the world’s most special places. The program, sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs and the Universities of Montana, Idaho and Colorado State, will evaluate policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and Natural Resources.
|Protected Area Management Seminar|
The International Field Course on Wildlands and Protected Area Management, co-hosted by the Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State University and US Forest Service International Programs, held entirely in Spanish, presents key concepts, principles, and methods of protected area management while emphasizing field-based practical exercises. Participants will interact extensively with local resource users, various local, state, and federal agencies, collaborating private conservation organizations, and other citizen groups involved in Natural Resources management. This interaction will provide participants with hands-on experience in managing complex biodiversity conservation. They will discuss Natural Resources use and management problems and interact with many types of stakeholders, who can provide insight and knowledge learned from their own experiences.
|Field Course on Wildlands and Protected Area Management|
The International Seminar on Rangeland Management, held in Idaho and Nevada, presents key concepts, principles, and methods of sustainable rangeland management. The seminar is designed to support those who work with rangelands and have a commitment to their sustainable use for the benefit of current societies and future generations. Through site visits, presentations and analysis of real case examples, participants will learn about and develop planning tools and techniques to address rangeland vegetation and livestock management. Participants will interact extensively with livestock producers and land-owners, land managers at state and federal agencies, and various citizen groups. The program stimulates deliberation and interactive problem solving, taking advantage of the rich experiences and diverse cultural points of view represented among program participants. Seminar themes include: science and socio-political implications of rangeland restoration and management; community engagement, watershed management, transitory range and managing competing uses of rangelands and rangeland science and planning.
Co-hosted by the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, the International Seminar on Disaster Management, which takes place in Washington D.C. and California, will use case studies from major disaster responses to understand and discuss disaster management systems and facilities. Together, participants will explore innovative approaches in disaster management, including those that involve alliances and partnerships between government agencies, NGOs, the private sector and community groups. The program will look at disaster management systems at all levels of government, from the policy to the tactical level, and will include a visit to an active disaster response in the US.
|Disaster Management Seminar|