Collaboration and NEPA

Working together in a collaborative environment is more important than ever to both the Forest Service and the public. However, there is often a knowledge gap between the lead agency and stakeholders; each use their own language and have their own set of expectations. The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of a new tool intended to bridge the gap in a clear, concise and usable way by identifying opportunities and presenting techniques for collaboration. The tool is called A Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Process.

We are sharing the Roadmap here in several forms:

If you have feedback about the NEPA Roadmap, please email

We’d like to thank the following for their assistance at various stages of the development of A Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During & After the NEPA Process . The Roadmap took almost two years from start to finish, and many, many people were involved across the spectrum from the initial stages of helping to formulate the concept, providing feedback through peer learning sessions and small group discussions, offering expertise and experience through interviews, and reviewing draft documents. We deeply appreciate all of the contributions along the way! (And please let us know if we left any organization off of this list by emailing

In addition to the list below, we would like to recognize the Ford Foundation for the funds to support this project, as well as those individuals cited in the Roadmap who have contributed to the body of literature about the NEPA and collaboration.

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
Clackamas Stewardship Partners
Coalition for the Upper South Platte
Collaboration Cadre (USFS)
Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
County Commissioners
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project
Ecosystem Management Coordination (USFS)
Florida State University
Forest Guild
Grand Canyon Trust
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
KTB Decision Resources
Lakeview Stewardship Group
Lolo Restoration Committee
Majeska Environmental Consulting
Montana Wood Products Association
National Partnership Office (USFS)
Oregon Solutions
Oregon State University
Pacific Northwest Research Station (USFS)
Payette Forest Coalition
Personnel from Forests & Districts, including line officers, environmental coordinators partnership coordinators, and members of interdisciplinary teams (USFS)
Pinchot Partners
Portland State University
Regional and National NEPA Coordinators (USFS)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Sitka Conservation Society
Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition
Sustainable Northwest
Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative
The Nature Conservancy
The Wilderness Society
University of Utah
Upper Deschutes River Coalition
Utah State University
Valles Caldera Trust
Virginia Technological Institute
Western Environmental Law Center
Wild South



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