- Sierra Cascades Dialog
- The Center designs and facilitates the Sierra Cascades Dialog. The Dialog, which began in 2010, brings people with diverse viewpoints together to discuss and think about issues of importance in managing national forests and grasslands and private lands across the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges. Dialogs provide an opportunity for participants to learn, develop shared meaning, align actions, build mutual respect, and understand different perspectives. The Dialog provides stakeholders and Forest Service staff a rare opportunity to discuss issues as a region. Dialog topics include the Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration; Values, Attitudes, & Interests; Forest Planning; Improving Conditions in Rural Communities; Recreation; and other topics of regional significance. The Dialog meets quarterly in Sacramento, and has also expanded to include a remote location in the Eastern Sierra. The Center also facilitates the 20-member Dialog steering committee, a representative group that provides recommendations on the design of the Dialog. The outcomes of the Dialog influence the management strategies of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service.
- Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project
- CCP’s involvement with this ten-year dispute resolution and joint fact finding process started in 2010 and is ongoing. The purpose of the effort was to plan a suite of forest restoration projects covering 154,000 acres of the Dinkey Landscape, which is part of the Sierra National Forest. Stakeholders include national and regional environmental organizations, local landowners, California Native American Tribes, the forest products industry, Southern California Edison, local and state recreation organizations, the local fire safe council, University of California Merced, and other resource management and regulatory public agencies. With the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, CCP and the US Forest Service, the effort has leveraged the involvement of a large plenary group, technical and monitoring work groups, and a steering committee. Activities have included landscape and project planning, fuels analysis and risk assessment, field reviews, public education and volunteer engagement, comprehensive multiparty monitoring, ongoing socioeconomic assessment, joint fact-finding, and developing a suite of field-based implementation tools. The effort is one of the ten original federal Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects nationwide.
- Mokelumne Avoided Cost Analysis
- The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and The Nature Conservancy, convened the collaborative public participation and joint fact-finding effort in early 2012. The conveners worked with the El Dorado and Stanislaus National Forests, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Pacific Gas & Electric, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Sierra Pacific Industries, Amador and Calaveras Counties, and other partners to analyze the economic benefits created for watershed communities and regional utilities through forest management and restoration. With the goal to identify potential investors in forest restoration, the analysis efforts focused primarily on risks to private property, dam infrastructure operation and maintenance, municipal water supplies, and wildlife from catastrophic fire and rain-on-fire sedimentation. This highly technical modeling and economic analysis project involves an advisory committee, very large technical committee, and consulting team that specializes in the valuation of natural resources and processes. Preparing with the planning team and consultant, CCP facilitated the advisory and technical committee meeting, including translation of technical information to resource managers, tailoring the consultant’s scope of work to best match the advisory committee’s values and emerging areas of interest, and strategic advising around representation and participation. Issues have included how to frame and communicate the study and outcomes to appeal to potential investors; pioneering the linkage of multiple models and associated data reconfiguration; and prioritizing planning areas and designing associated treatments. Challenges have included the need to negotiate and document analytical and modeling assumptions; the desire for a greater degree of local government influence over the scope of work and priority concerns; and intermittent participation by a key stakeholder. As of March 2013, the project transitioned from treatment design to economic analyses. CCP and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy anticipate the release of the final report in summer 2013.
- Regional Roundtable on U.S. Forest Service National Planning Rule
- As the Forest Service revised its national planning rule in 2010, CCP worked with Region 5 to design a dynamic session for 300 diverse stakeholders to have a say on the key issues in the new planning rule. The planning rule guides national forests in developing their individual forest management / strategic plans. The planning rule has always been met with controversy and legal challenge. As part of a national collaborative effort, CCP worked with Forest Service staff to design an outreach strategy to ensure all interest groups, including youth, participated in the regional roundtable. CCP designed an interactive session engaging participants in small group discussions on topics fundamental to the Forest Plan. The design included video conferencing to link four simultaneous locations and provide consistent messaging from Forest Service leadership. The workshop included an afternoon session for professional stakeholders, planners, and Forest Service staff and an evening workshop for the interested public.