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.


Southern Appalachians Workshop,  June 2010

This two-day workshop afforded Forest Service employees and partners an opportunity to learn, reflect, and share ideas about collaboration in a neutral and energized atmosphere.  I walked into the Knoxville workshop not really knowing what to expect…Throughout the two-day session, I was able to further develop relationships and work more in depth with key partners who are diverse in their interests and mind sets…While there is much work to be done and very difficult issues to wade through, the founding of this collaborative was inspiring. 
Frank Beum, Forest Supervisor, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Despite sharing the natural skepticism that some partners have about new programmatic avenues in the U.S. Forest Service, I was amazed at how open and productive the Southern Appalachian Collaborative Forest Restoration workshop lead by the National Collaboration Cadre turned out to be. Clearly, there is a sincere effort by the Collaboration Cadre to advance more dialog and cooperative planning with partners and citizens at regional and local levels.

-Julian Campbell, Bluegrass Woodland Restoration Center, Lexington, Kentucky

Ochoco National Forest Workshop, Oregon, January 2012

Feedback from employees and from within the community regarding the cadre and the listening sessions was excellent!...The listening sessions provided a great opportunity for new members of our forest leadership team to meet with a diverse representation of our local community and begin to lay the foundation for long term future relations.

The forest is also working with two partners to develop a Community Capacity and Land Stewardship proposal…that effort is a direct result of the energy derived from the local listening sessions.  The cadre’s work has been a great help in expanding our collaboration efforts on the forest and we are looking forward to the next steps of our journey.

-Kathleen Klein, Forest Supervisor

Illinois Valley Workshop, Oregon, November 2011

The workshop conducted by the Cadre provided:

  • A new in-depth understanding of collaboration through hands-on group problem-solving that we would otherwise not have acquired.
  • A unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with those whom we might not ordinarily meet.
  • The experience of hearing the input and opinions of a significant cross-section of the community on issues that are important to us that effect the forests and our economic well being.
  • The launching pad for an on-going effort to take our collaboration to the next step and create unique and beneficial solutions for our community.

-Patricia Downing, Executive Director, Rusk Ranch Nature Center
-Roger Brandt, Board President, Illinois Valley Community Development Organization
-Kevin Preister, Josephine County Stewardship Group                  

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California and Nevada, October 2011

Our local stakeholders had been entrenched by years of conflict and unmet expectations of the Forest Service.  Many suggested the situation required conflict resolution.  The Cadre used a peer-to-peer learning approach and shared stories of collaborative struggles and successes.  Participants were able to see new possibilities, some opportunities to work together, and the power of collaboration.

-Nancy Gibson, Forest Supervisor