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Collaboration

Meet NFF's 2020 Conservation Connect Fellows

2020 marks the second year of the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. This year we have 9 Fellows from the University of Montana; California State University-Los Angles; Vermont Law School; Yale, and the University of Michigan.

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Unlikely Partnerships Help Improve Forest Resiliency

The North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative (the Collaborative) brings together stakeholders in the Upper Columbia region ranging from government agencies to local tribes, non-profit conservation groups and timber industry; all with the purpose of collaborating to improve forest resiliency. The Collaborative operates on consensus, and while the process can be slow, when agreement is achieved the results are tremendous.

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Growing Towards A New Style of Land Management in Alaska

The Tongass Transition Collaborative, supported by a Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant from the National Forest Foundation, was created to ensure stakeholders are involved as the Tongass implements the Transition. Members include native corporations, local and national nonprofit organizations, and local businesses.

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Meet NFF's 2019 Conservation Connect Fellows

2019 marks the second year of the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. This year we have 10 Fellows from Northern Arizona University; Portland State University; University of California, Merced; University of Georgia, University of Michigan, and the University of Montana.

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Building Capacity for Watershed Restoration in Southeast Alaska

In March of 2018, more than 70 people, representing 31 organizations met to advanced watershed restoration and stewardship at the 2018 Southeast Alaska Watershed Restoration Workshop in Juneau, Alaska. The workshop was made possible by the National Forest Foundation's Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program and organized by the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition.

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Finding Creative Solutions to Ramp up Work on Colorado Fourteeners

Through the Find Your Fourteener campaign, the NFF is working with partners to create forward-thinking solutions that will increase the pace and scale of restoration and habitat protection on Colorado’s beloved Fourteeners – and implement those solutions in a collaborative, coordinated manner. One solution is the development of a special role for “Peak Apprentices.”

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Making the Invisible Visible

At a recent NFF-led workshop, a diverse group of participants came together to exchange ideas and experiences around collaborative landscape-scale conservation.

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Partners collaborate to find solutions on the Carson National Forest

The NFF partnered with the Carson National Forest in February to host a Recreation Partnerships Summit in two New Mexico communities. NFF and Carson National Forest staff facilitated a positive, solutions-oriented discussion with 87 people at the KTAOS Solar Center in Taos and 38 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in Abiquiu.

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Answering “Why Here, Why Now?” – Collaborative Input on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

In my experience as a facilitator, I have seen collaborative groups conflict with the Forest Service about where and how to restore national forests. In addition, collaborative groups often ask the Forest Service for the long-term strategy to prioritize restoration projects on the forest – which involves more specific details than you can find in a forest plan. On the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, the Forest Service and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group have found a way forward.

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A New Future for Our Forests

Russ recently attended the Collaborative Restoration Workshop in Denver, Colorado hosted by NFF, after being invited to speak on two different panels. Russ recently reflected on the workshop on his blog, where he regularly shares insights related to the “new era of forest health and restoration in the fire prone forests of the West.”

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group Hitting Its Stride

In 2011, the NFF convened and began facilitating a citizen-based group of people representing key interests, geographic balance, and knowledge of the National Forest. After years of working towards mutually beneficial outcomes, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group (BDWG) is hitting its stride. New resources are coming to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest as a result of the group’s successful collaboration.

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Increasing Engagement in Forest Plans

As part of our mission, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) offers neutral facilitation services for collaborative efforts that benefit National Forest System lands. Over the past year, we have been asked to conduct collaborative assessments and design stakeholder processes in order to expand engagement in forest planning.

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