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Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series
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Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series: December 2013 – October 2014

The U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Forest Foundation, and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University are excited to launch the Human-Side of Restoration Webinar Series. This series of six webinars will provide a forum for managers and social scientists to share their insights and experiences with the “human side” of restoration, including the interface among ecological restoration, human communities, and individual values, public opinions, and social structures.

About the Series

Ecological restoration is a value-laden endeavor; Nature has no intrinsic concept of “healthy” ecosystems. Managers, researchers, and the public must define the goals of restoration projects, prioritize values at risk, and determine relevant temporal and spatial scales. Defining desired (or undesirable) future conditions for ecosystems raises ethical and social questions—desired by who and for who? –making it necessary that natural resource managers appreciate the human side of restoration. Read our concept paper for more information on the background and objectives of this series.

The webinars are free and open to the public. We encourage the participation of resource professionals, managers, cooperators, and partners interested in social and economic issues of environmental restoration. The Rocky Mountain Research Station will post webinar recordings on this website and publish written proceedings once the series has concluded.

For additional information, or to share comments and ideas, please contact Jan Engert, RMRS Assistant Station Director, or Megan Matonis, RMRS graduate student cooperator.

Future Webinars

Dates TBD and subject to change

Date Webinar Topic
May 2014 Values and perceptions
September 2014 Different ways of knowing
October 2014 The restoration economy

Past Webinars

Date Webinar Presentations
December 10, 2013 Linking Ecological, Economic & Social Systems
February 4, 2014 Sticky Legal Issues Surrounding Restoration
March 4, 2014 USFS Engagement in Collaborative Implementation (coming soon)