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Linking Science to Practice

Much of the NFF's and our partners' restoration project work requires science that is both useful and sound. The tools and resources below were developed to share and discuss the importance of linking science to practice.

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Selected Peer Learning Sessions

Bringing Science into the Mix (February 12, 2015)
Have you ever wondered how science could support your collaborative? Have you heard about exciting science-management partnerships helping to advance the Forest Service’s work across the country, and wanted to learn more? If so, this session is for you!

Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management – A New Sourcebook (May 14, 2013)
This peer learning session discusses a newly-published sourcebook, Closing the Feedback Loop: Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management. The sourcebook explores strategies and tools that collaborative groups use to systematically evaluate their work and adapt plans and management actions based on what they have learned. Presenters from around the country shared examples from the field, and discussed process tools from nine rapid assessments that are described in the sourcebook.

Reaching Diverse Audiences with Science (February 2, 2012)
This peer learning session featured Babs McDonald, editor of the “Natural Inquirer,” and Angela Baca of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. They presented lessons and strategies gained from their experiences “translating” science to non-scientist audiences.

Focus Group on the Science You Can Use Academy (May 31, 2012)
This web-based focus group session concerned a new science delivery website being developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Science Application & Integration (SA&I) staff group. The website, named the “Science You Can Use Academy” seeks to provide a one-stop shop for resource managers, applied scientists, and other semi-technical audiences looking to access science and scientific syntheses relevant to their most pressing needs and resource issues.

Competing Science and the Challenge of Management (December 8, 2011)
This peer learning session featured David Merritt, Riparian Plant Ecologist with the Stream Team and Bob Deibel, National Instream Flow Coordinator. Using the Hage Case (over water and grazing rights in central Nevada) and the Tacoma hydropower re-licensing trial type hearing (the San Juan NF) as examples, they highlighted approaches to dealing conflicting science and offer “lessons learned” and key principles to help guide managers and researchers faced with similar situations.

Selected Tools & Resources

Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management – A New Sourcebook (Sourcebook PDF)
The sourcebook was developed by Ann Moote in coordination with a project team of the following organizations: Ecological Restoration Institute, Forest Guild, National Forest Foundation, USFS Ecosystem Services and National Partnership Office, Watershed Research and Training Center, and Sustainable Northwest.

National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF)
Much of the NFF's and our partners' restoration project work requires science that is both useful and sound. In 2002, the NFF formed a partnership with the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF), a results-oriented group formed to provide practical information and approaches that serve the needs of forest managers, practitioners and policymakers. This partnership's purpose was to plan and oversee a multi-year program of research, assessment and tool-development needed to design, implement and evaluate sustainable forestry practices while conserving biodiversity in the United States. One product of the NCSSF and NFF partnership is Broadening Participation in Biological Monitoring: Guidelines for Scientists and Managers, a how-to manual produced by the Institute for Culture and Ecology. The document provides hands-on resources for developing, implementing and evaluating a participatory monitoring plan for a partnership or project.

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