Identify and Build Partnerships through Collaboration
Effective and diverse partnerships are critical to the successful implementation of this strategy. The challenges inherent in woody biomass utilization occur at multiple geographic and time scales, and extend beyond Forest Service boundaries. To deal with these factors, strong and effective partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups are required to bridge human and fiscal resource gaps and develop the linkages necessary for the successful implementation of this strategy. Collaborative efforts involving adjacent landowners and other stakeholders can help establish priority restoration needs and identify suitable treatment approaches that include woody biomass utilization. Partnerships are established, maintained, and strengthened through long-term relationships built on accomplishing common objectives.
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- Partnership Resource Center – National Forest Foundation and USDA Forest Service joint project to provide needed online resources to build vibrant partnerships and effective collaboration for the nation's forests, grasslands, and other special places.
- State and Private Forestry - works with States, private landowners, and other partners to promote healthy forests and livable communities throughout the United States.
- Biomass Research and Development Initiative - a multi-agency effort to coordinate and accelerate all Federal biobased products and bioenergy research and development, including the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture.
- Four Corners Sustainable Forests Partnership - the Partnership focuses attention and resources on forest restoration and community issues common throughout the region.
- Fuels for Schools and Beyond - a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry and the Bitterroot Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area, Inc. There are currently six state forestry departments participating in this program providing technical and financial assistance to interested parties in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Fuels for Schools mission is to promote and encourage the use of woody biomass as a renewable, natural resource to provide a clean, readily available energy source suitable for heat and power generation in public and private buildings; and, to facilitate the removal of hazardous fuels from our forests by assisting in the development of viable commercial uses of removed material.
- Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Partnership - a collaborative business network with roots in six rural communities of the Pacific Northwest who’s commitment is to restore forest ecosystems and spawn rural economic vitality by growing wood product-related businesses.
- Southern Alliance for the Utilization of Biomass Resources - a Partnership for Rural Development Through the Production of Energy and Chemicals from Forests and Farms in the Southern United States.
- Sustainable Northwest - partners with communities and enterprises to achieve economic, ecological, and community vitality and resilience.
- Western Collaboration Assistance Network - promotes collaborative approaches to natural resource management conflicts by providing a range of expertise to help collaborative efforts get started, work through challenging issues, and demonstrate progress.
- Western Forestry Leadership Coalition - assists family forest-owners, rural and state fire organizations, and community forestry groups to improve forest health, encourage land conservation, and stimulate community economic recovery.
- Western Governor’s Association - addresses important policy and governance issues in the West, advances the role of the Western states in the federal system, and strengthens the social and economic fabric of the region.
US Forest Service
Woody Biomass Utilization Team
Sidney R.Yates Federal Building
3rd Floor Southwest
201 14th Street, S.W. at Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
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