Click the dropdowns below to find resources that support crowdsourcing and citizen science activities. Policy Supporting Citizen Science 2017 Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act (link is external) — Sec. 402 of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. On January 6, 2017 the President signed into law the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which grants broad authority for conducting crowdsourcing and citizen science projects. From Title IV, Section 402: "It is the sense of Congress that—"…"(2) crowdsourcing and citizen science projects have a number of additional unique benefits, including accelerating scientific research, increasing cost effectiveness to maximize the return on taxpayer dollars, addressing societal needs, providing hands-on learning in STEM, and connecting members of the public directly to Federal science agency missions and to each other." 2015 "OSTP Citizen Science Memo" (link is external) — This memo articulates principles that Federal agencies should embrace to derive the greatest value and impact from citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. The memo also directs agencies to take specific actions to advance citizen science and crowdsourcing, including designating an agency-specific coordinator for citizen science and crowdsourcing projects, and cataloguing citizen science and crowdsourcing projects that are open for public participation on a new, centralized website (link is external) created by the General Services Administration: making it easy for people to find out about and join in these projects. 2013 Open Government National Action Plan (link is external) —The United States has worked both domestically and internationally to ensure global support for Open Government principles to promote transparency; fight corruption; energize civic engagement; and leverage new technologies in order to strengthen the foundations of freedom in our own Nation and abroad. In support of these principles domestically, the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) includes a set of 26 commitments that have increased public integrity, enhanced public access to information, improved management of public resources, and given the public a more active voice in the U.S. Government’s policymaking process. USDA and Forest Service policy and national strategies support the practices of crowdsourcing and citizen science. Some examples include: The FS Strategic Plan FY 2015-2020 emphasizes community engagement for restoration outcomes and connecting people to the outdoors. Citizen science and crowdsourcing directly support National Priority #3 – Promoting shared stewardship by increasing partnerships and volunteerism. The 2012 Planning Rule requires public involvement in the development of monitoring programs including integrating the practice of multiparty monitoring, and designing and carrying out monitoring along with Indian Tribes. The Integrated Youth Strategy promotes partnerships, conservation education, and place-based experiences in order to develop the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders; The 2013 Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment Strategy (link is external) — highlights the need for landscape scale conservation, working with partners, collaboration on mnagaement and monitoring questions, quality data, open data practices and sharing information across organizational boundaries; The Forest Service Digital Services Strategic Framework and U.S. Digital Service Playbook (link is external) describe strategies to make open data, content and web api's the standard, and deliver better services using modern technologies. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program was established by Congress in Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to enourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. Many of these projects include community engagement and citizen science oppotunities. The USDA Environmental Justice Strategic Plan: 2016-2020 addresses meeting the needs of minority and low-income populations by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decisionmaking, increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communitites safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work, and ensuring all populations are allowed to share in the benefits of Government programs and activities. Guides & General Technical Reports USFS Guides to Multiparty Monitoring information on definitions, applicability and setting up multiparty monitoring programs. "Multiparty monitoring brings together people with different perspectives, who jointly identify monitoring questions and methods to answer those questions. Multiparty monitoring can help reduce conflict over proposed actions by providing a way for people with diverse views to discuss, and reach agreement about, appropriate management activities." See Webinar Session X for how the 2012 Planning Rule Policy supports multiparty monitoring, a form of citizen science. Multi-party Monitoring (link is external) National Forest Foundation tools, resources, webinars, training and case studies. See Webinar Session X for how the 2012 Planning Rule Policy supports multi-party monitoring and citizen science. USFS GTR-680 - Broadening Participation in Biological Monitoring: Handbook for Scientists and Managers This handbook was written for managers and scientists in the United States who are contemplating a participatory approach to monitoring biological resources. Participatory (collaborative, multiparty, citizen, volunteer) monitoring is a process that...reflects the understanding that natural resource decisions are more effective and less controversial when stakeholders who have an interest in the results are involved in the process. See Webinar Session X for how the 2012 Planning Rule Policy supports multi-party monitoring and citizen science. Peer reviewed publications are in TreeSearch. Citizen Science Protocols Protocol for Citizen Science Monitoring of Urban Trees (link is external) The Bloomington Urban Forest Research Group developed the Planted Tree Re-inventory Protocol which provides tree-planting organizations of all types with standardized methods to inventory the survival and growth of planted trees in urban areas. The protocol was designed for minimally-trained volunteers or citizen scientists to use. This article defines citizen science, its use to date, and what measurements to target and provides a link to the protocol guide and data sheets. Citation: Vogt, J.M. and B.C. Fischer 2014. A protocol for citizen science monitoring of urban trees. Cities and the Environment, 7(2):4. http://bit.ly/2bqF8hd (link is external) The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program (link is external) is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. See Webinar Session X to explore ways the Forest Service can connect to GLOBE for citizen science, education, and community engagement.