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Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Training

Peer Learning Sessions

The Forest Service has contracted with the National Forest Foundation to coordinate and host a series of peer learning sessions about Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration issues. The purpose of the peer learning sessions is to provide an opportunity for cross-learning, informal discussion, and sharing of information amongst collaborators and the Forest Service. The recordings are provided so those unable to participate in the session directly can hear the discussion. For official guidance and direction for Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration, please refer to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program FAQs.

Recorded Sessions

Landscape Monitoring Network Peer Learning Sessions

The following webinars were put on by the Landscape Monitoring Network in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.

Partner Publications

A Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA Process

Working together in a collaborative environment is more important than ever to both the Forest Service and the public. The legal framework of the National Environmental Policy Act provides clear guidelines for public involvement, but does not directly address how collaborative discussions can supplement or be a part of the formal public process in the design, analysis, implementation, and monitoring phases of a project. There is often a knowledge gap between the lead agency and stakeholders; each uses their own language and has their own set of expectations. The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of a new tool intended to guide collaborators and Forest Service staff at the field level in a clear, concise, and usable way by identifying opportunities and presenting techniques for collaboration before, during, and after the formal National Environmental Policy Act process.

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Handbook (PDF, 8.1 MB)
Foreword by W. Wallace Covington
Edited by Dave Egan and Tayloe Dubay
Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Handbook explores the various barriers to landscape-scale, collaborative forest restoration, and the innovative ways to bridge those barriers. The handbook, which is published by the Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI), features a foreword by Dr. W. Wallace Covington, chapters about collaboration, ecological economics, planning and NEPA development, multi-party monitoring, implementation, and adaptive management all within the context of landscape-scale forest restoration projects across the American West. It also chronicles pioneering ventures in large-scale, collaborative forest restoration and the emerging process that stakeholders, agencies, environmental groups, Native American tribes, and others have begun under the auspices of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and other collaborative efforts. While the process is an evolving one, people with diverse interests continue to work collectively under a shared goal: to restore health and resiliency to the nation's forested landscapes, while protecting people, communities, and enhancing local and regional economies.

Closing the Feedback Loop: Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Publication date: May 2013
Author: Ann Moote, Mamut Consulting

The sourcebook draws from nine collaborative resource groups from across the country and shows how these groups are using strategies and tools to evaluate their work and adapt plans and management actions. Organizational and social learning, evaluation, and adaptive management concepts informed the selection of evaluation tools and change mechanisms for collaborative groups to consider and use.