To develop and implement a strategy for monitoring the progress of your collaborative work so you can adjust your opportunities, methods,  expectations, and commitments.
To define the tasks, roles, responsibilities, commitments, and timeframes for agency and community participants.
To identify the collaboration opportunities and methods that best address your values & principles, opportunities, and capacities.
To discover the community trends and agency and community
resources that contribute to or inhibit your collaborative work.
To develop a group understanding of values, principles and results that guide your collaborative work in land management planning and beyond.

The initial case study research was a joint effort by Fort Lewis College and Colorado State University.  Dr. Sam Burns, Research Director of Office of Community Services, Fort Lewis College, and Dr. Anthony Cheng, Director of Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State University led this research effort.  The Utilization of Collaborative Processes in Forest Planning was completed in 2005 and the findings became the basis for the formation of USDA Forest Service National Collaboration Cadre.

Dr. Sam Burns and Dr. Anthony Cheng worked with the National Collaboration Cadre to incorporate the research findings into a Collaborative Forest Planning Workshop to strengthen collaboration in forest planning and related activities.

Dr. Sam Burns, Research Director                        
Office of Community Services
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO 81301

Dr. Anthony Cheng, Director
Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-1900

Dr. Steve Daniels, University of Utah and Dr. Gregg Walker, Oregon State University joined the National Collaboration Cadre in 2011.  Dr. Daniels and Dr. Walker co-authored “Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative Learning Approach.”

Dr. Steve Daniels, Professor
Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
Department of Environment and Society
University of Utah
Logan, UT 84322

Dr. Gregg Walker, Professor
Member, Facilities of Environmental Sciences, Forest Service
Ecosystems & Society, Marine Resource Management
Public Policy and Water Resources Programs
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Our development partners continue to work with us to evaluate and refine the workshop to better serve the needs of our national forests and communities.