Conservation Connect

The 2016 Collaborative Restoration Workshop was a forum for sharing innovative approaches to collaborative restoration, tools, and lessons about planning, implementing, and monitoring restoration efforts on and around National Forest System lands.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) hosted the first national workshop on collaborative restoration in 2016. Over a year, the NFF organized the Workshop in partnership with staff from the U.S. Forest Service. Nineteen advisory committee members from non-governmental organizations and Forest Service departments – people on the forefront of collaborative restoration – identified overarching objectives from a national vantage point. Nearly 60 people from diverse affiliations pooled knowledge to frame stimulating discussions around the themes of science and action, planning, implementation, monitoring, collaboration and engagement, and the future of collaborative stewardship. The committees received numerous proposals for concurrent session topics and speakers. Ultimately, 105 individuals presented on a panel or moderated discussions. Twenty-six shared research and project posters. 

Though we covered an enormous amount of ground during the Workshop, many of the discussions bore new ideas and challenges. Now is the time to work together to harness the energy from the Workshop to improve the practice and impact of collaborative restoration across the country. 

All thanks to NFF and all those who assisted in developing the agenda and concepts for this workshop! It was an awesome week of idea sharing and networking! Definitely time and money well spent and I hope we can continue to capitalize on the momentum going forward.

Tera Little, Collaborative Restoration Workshop, 2016