This project is funded through Joint Venture Agreement PNW 13-JV-11261985-084 between the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station and Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
Forest restoration -- Pacific Northwest, Forest management -- Pacific Northwest
Forest collaboratives have emerged throughout the western U.S. as a governance model to address complex ecological challenges that occur at the landscape scale across multiple landownerships and jurisdictional boundaries. Collaborative groups typically involve multiple parties with diverse interests working together to address complex management challenges. Collaboratives often provide input on or make recommendations about public lands actions and decisions. The Blues Stewardship Project was developed to better understand the size, composition, participation, and diversity of forest collaboratives and to identify organizations that may not currently be represented at the collaborative ‘table.’
The study focuses on five collaborative groups in the Blue Mountains region of eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, an area that includes four national forests as well as other federal, state, tribal and private forests and rangelands. By understanding the depth and diversity of Blue Mountains collaboratives, we can evaluate their capability to engage a broad range of public interests. The report uses social network diagrams to show the composition of each forest collaborative and then examines the aggregate social network of all five collaboratives. Social network diagrams were developed based on analysis of meeting minutes and attendance records for each collaborative. We show variation among collaboratives by size, participation levels, and group composition.
McLain, R., K. Wright, and L. Cerveny. March 23, 2015. Who is at the forest restoration table? Final report on the Blue Mountains Forest Stewardship Network, Phase 1. Prepared for the USDA-Forest Service, PNW Research Station. Portland, OR.