As a public agency, the Forest Service manages its land within legal boundaries set out in legislation and case law, while also considering the interests and concerns of stakeholders. By their very nature, forests, rangelands, and riparian areas are ever changing, complex, connected systems. So are the values and perceptions of the human communities that live, work, and recreate on public land.
In this webinar, presenters Courtney Schultz (Colorado State University) and David Seesholtz (USFS Pacific Northwest Region) covered the legal landscape of cumulative effects analysis and adaptive management—two approaches to better understand the effects of restoration and other management activities on complex systems and incorporate this information into resource management activities.
David Seesholtz is a research liaison for the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service. David leads a research effort titled NEPA for the 21st Century that examines various aspects related to accomplishing NEPA responsibilities. NEPA for the 21st Century aims to provide a creditable science basis for policy development and management activities associated with environmental planning. Previously David has served in numerous capacities (positions) for the “management side” of the agency including planning staff officer, regional social scientist, and district ranger.
Courtney Schultz is an assistant professor of forest policy at CSU. Her research looks at the intersection of science and planning, particularly around cumulative impacts analysis, monitoring and adaptive management, and use of best available science in implementation of the planning rule. She worked for a year with the U.S. Forest Service as the assistant team leader of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative and subsequently has conducted research on the implementation of the CFLRP program, looking at planning and adaptive management for large scale restoration. She is also currently, at the request of the Washington Office, leading up the third-party evaluation of the Integrated Resource Restoration budget pilot.