Development of a Forest Service R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap
Forest Service R&D is in the process of developing a Forest Service R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap that will help highlight and prioritize our efforts and raise the visibility of Tribal engagement for the Agency's scientists, political leadership, Tribes, and the public.
This effort supports the goals and objectives outlined in the agency-wide Tribal Relations Strategic Plan 2010-2013, and contributes to the broader Forest Service Tribal Relations Program. The Tribal Relations Program of the Forest Service developed the Tribal Relations Strategic Plan to create beneficial outcomes for the agency and for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and communities. Consistent with Forest Service national strategic goals and objectives, this strategic plan identifies specific goals, objectives, and actions to guide the agency through 2013. The R&D Roadmap communicates how R&D is working with Tribes to support these efforts.
A draft of the proposed Roadmap is now available for informal review. Comments are invited from intertribal organizations and individuals. Comments can be sent directly to Chris Farley, Washington Office Resource Use Sciences Staff.
Official Tribal government-to-government consultation comments from federally recognized Tribes and AlaskaNative Corporations are being accepted until May 11, 2014. R&D welcomes additional consultation meetings with Tribal leaders, and can be scheduled by contacting your Regional Forest Service Tribal Relations Program Manager or contacting your local Research Station Tribal Liaison. It is anticipated that the document will be finalized shortly after the close of the consultation period, and written responses will be provided to commenting Tribes on how any consultation comments were considered and/or addressed in the final Roadmap.
- DRAFT US Forest Service R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap
- Letter to Tribes Requesting Consultation on the Roadmap
- FAQ on the R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap
- Summary of the USDA Forest Service R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap
- Powerpoint summarizing the R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap
A listening session with Washington Office Leadership and Staff on the Roadmap was held on February 13th. Read the minutes »