Sustain Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands

Collaboration: Past, present and future

OHIO—Forest managers, scientists and program leads converged in Nelsonville, Ohio, to discuss ways to enhance alignment of the National Forest System, State and Private Forestry, and Research and Development. Held at Wayne National Forest headquarters on June 6, the Central Appalachian Forest Management Summit drew representatives from the Monongahela, Allegheny and Wayne national forests, Eastern Region, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Washington Office and Northern Research Station.

The meeting was organized by Tom Schuler, Northern Research Station; Tony Scardino and Jarel Bartig, Wayne National Forest; Sherry Tune and Andrea Hille, Allegheny National Forest; and Clyde Thompson, Monongahela National Forest.  

The event included presentations on past and current science/management collaboration, poster sessions on active research within the Eastern Region’s geographical footprint, and coordinated conversations of research needs and strategies for a collaborative approach to research and management. Participants documented existing collaboration and identified opportunities for greater investment in partnerships by the region, station and area with the goal of fostering a vibrant, cross-mission network for the Central Appalachians region that widens the scale of forest-level collaborations and informs the Northern Research Station’s research agenda, both of which will contribute to improving the condition of forests in the Central Appalachians. Specific recommendations based on the discussion will be developed for high-priority science needs as well as how researchers and managers can work most effectively together.

Participants also discussed the need to build on existing partnerships with other federal, state and private land managers to promote the good stewardship of all lands in the Central Appalachian region.

Photo: Central Appalachian Summit participants by Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District sign.
Central Appalachian Summit participants worked together toward the goal of fostering a vibrant, cross-mission network for the Central Appalachians region. Forest Service photo by Gary Chancey.