National Forest Foundation

Learning Topics

Collaboration & the National Environmental Policy Act

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 has developed a 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.

The Roadmap is available in several versions:

If you have feedback about the NEPA Roadmap, please email kdibari@nationalforests.org

We’d like to particularly thank Annie Schmidt of Grindstone Environmental Services and the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition for her research and authorship of the Roadmap. We would also 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.

And importantly, we thank the following list of organizations, behind which is a long list of individuals, 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 missed anyone by emailing kdibari@nationalforests.org.)

Tools

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

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. 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.

A New Tool to Support Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA Process (October 10, 2013)
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 a tool intended to bridge the gap in a clear, concise and usable way by identifying opportunities and presenting techniques for collaboration.

A New Tool to Support Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA Process - Take 2! (November 19, 2013)
The National Forest Foundation revisits the use of a new tool intended to bridge gaps 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." Check it out!

Selected Peer Learning Sessions

Collaborative Touchpoints around the NEPA Process (May 18, 2012)
What is the role of collaboration in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes? What specific actions can the Forest Service and collaborative groups take at different steps in the process to achieve a widely accepted alternative? The National Forest Foundation and a team of community-based collaborators and the Forest Service are working together to develop a clear, concise and usable tool to help with this question.

Landscape Assessments, NEPA Processes and Collaboration (July 22, 2010)
With the Forest Service’s focus on landscape-scale conservation, the agency is using new approaches to assess the condition of large acreages of forest. At the same time, many collaborative groups are working to increase the impact of their agreements across larger areas. Is this a new way of doing business for the agency, and how does it affect National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes? (Note - Due to technical difficulties, the audio does not play for two short periods in the session. We recommend that you "fast forward" to 8 minutes into the session when you begin listening.)

Innovative Approaches to the National Environmental Policy Act (May 14, 2014)
In this peer learning session, participants heard about three innovative approaches to NEPA: (1) Adaptive NEPA on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, (2) Mountain Pine Beetle Response on the Black Hills, and (3) National Forest A to Z Mill Creek Stewardship Project on the Colville National Forest.


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