- Author: Jaime Adler
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- Author: Jaime Adler
Millions of acres of family-owned forest land will change hands in the United States within the next decade. Ties to the Land, a collaborative initiative in conjunction with the University of California based at Oregon State University, was formed to assist woodland owners pass on their legacy through a succession plan.
The Ties to the Land succession planning program emphasizes communication among families to determine the best plan for their property and the best method of achieving it-an often difficult task when family members have different visions.
Successful succession is a collaborative effort between the family, legal and financial advisors, and natural resource professionals in order to help maintain the land's integrity. For natural resource professionals looking for more information about engaging landowners in discussions about their property, please visit http://www.engaginglandowners.org/.
For more information about Ties to the Land and how you can bring the workshop to your area to educate local landowners, please visit http://tiestotheland.org.
Stay tuned to this blog and the Forest Research and Outreach website for details about this project in California.
- Author: Jaime Adler
June 21-23, 2011
University of California, Santa Cruz
Policies and strategies guiding the use and management of California’s coastal ecoregion are dependent on objective scientific information. Attention to this region has increased in recent years. At the same time, much new information has been collected. Each year the array of decisions affecting lands and natural resources in the redwood region carry more weight; evidence the recent interest in watershed assessment, fish and wildlife recovery efforts and silvicultural changes. This symposium is part of a continuing effort to promote the development and communication of scientific findings to inform management and policy decisions.
The symposium is intended for anyone involved in the research, education, management, and conservation of coast redwood systems. This includes RPFs, landowners and managers, community and conservation groups, land trusts, and policy makers.
Poster abstracts are still being accepted!
Register before fees increase! (On May 21st fees increase $50. On June 21st fees increase an additional $50.)
For more information or to register, please visit http://ucanr.org/sites/Redwood/
- Posted By: Richard B Standiford
- Written by: Gary Nakamura, UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension Forestry Specialist
Community-based forestry in California is and has been an effort to manage public, multiple use forests (national forests managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) in an ecologically, economically, and social/politically sustainable manner. This has resulted in the establishment of collaborative groups of diverse stakeholders, local/regional/national communities of interest and communities of place, who stake out common ground for management decisions for public forests, in the hopes of minimizing administrative appeals and lawsuits, of creating ecologically, economically, and socio-politically more stable and sustainable resource dependent communities.
Precursors to community-based forestry efforts and groups have been bioregional councils, watershed groups, and fire safe councils. Bioregional councils were formed in the early 1990s in response to the Northwest Forest Plan (to restore the Northern Spotted Owl); watershed groups have formed to conduct watershed restoration projects; fire safe councils to conduct fuels treatments to reduce wildfire hazard. Often these specific issue (biodiversity, water, fire) community groups expand into more comprehensive, landscape scale community-based forestry groups when it becomes apparent that you cannot effectively or sustainably protect biodiversity, restore a watercourse or reduce fire hazard without taking other factors into consideration than just your specific interest or concern. E.g. fuel treatments may reduce fire hazard, but can also affect plant biodiversity and create soil erosion problems. Some balance must be struck.
The Quincy Library Group (QLG) is perhaps the earliest and best known community-based forestry effort in California. http://www.qlg.org/pub/contents/overview.htm Established in 1993, the QLG began the discussion of community-based forestry, the debate over (local) communities of place which represent a wide range of interests, and (national) communities of interest (Sierra Club, timber interests) which are more narrowly focused. The QLG recognized very early that landscape-scale fuel treatments needed to be implemented at a rapid pace and large-scale to be effective in addressing the increasing fuel hazard.
The 2000 Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-determination Act provided for the establishment of county Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) to recommend federal grant funding for projects which benefit the local national forest. E.g. Many RACs in California recommended grants for fuel reduction treatments in the forest to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk. The RACs are comprised of local community members representing elected officials, industry (forest products, mining), recreation (OHV, hiking), environmental groups, native Americans, and the general, unaffiliated public. Over time, RAC members, and thus the community, have come to better understand and appreciate the Forest Service and National Forests, an important outcome of the RACs. https://fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/secure_rural_schools.nsf
The Shasta County RAC has come to see community-based forestry as the legacy of the RAC process, pro-actively encouraging large-scale, community-based projects. In 2010, the Shasta RAC recommended funding of a landscape scale, community-based forest restoration effort called the Burney-Hat Creek Forest Restoration Project, because it promises to restore an important wetland area, produce jobs in the local community (timber, biomass energy), develop OHV and campground areas, and to do so in a collaborative, ecologically and socially/politically sustainable manner. It is a project that the Shasta RAC hopes becomes a template for the Forest Service’s public involvement in planning regular program projects.
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) to select and fund ecological restoration projects for priority forest landscapes. This is a formal codification of community-based forestry goals of community involvement in national forest management, collaborative processes for project development and implementation, projects that benefit local economies with employment and training, and an “all lands” approach to restoration that encompasses public and private forests with due recognition of property rights and responsibilities. http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/index.shtml
In 2010, the Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project on the Sierra National Forest received a CFLRP grant. http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/documents/2010Proposals/Region5/Sierra/Sierra_NF_CFLRP_Proposal.pdf
“Community forests” take community-based forestry one step beyond being merely advisory to the Forest Service/BLM in that the local community develops memoranda of understanding, stewardship contracts or other formal agreements with the public landowner to assume responsibility for the management of the land and resources. Webinar presentations on Community Forests in California can be seen at http://ucanr.org/community_forests
The Forestland Steward newsletter, Winter 2011, is devoted to “New directions in Community-based Forestry.” http://www.ceres.ca.gov/foreststeward/pdf/news-winter11.pdf
- Posted By: Jaime Adler
- Written by: Gareth J Mayhead
I attended the “Wildfire 2” (AKA Building on Science to Implement Landscape Level Treatments for Fire Resilience) conference in McClellan last week. The conference, organized by UC Cooperative Extension and the Forest Service, was a follow-up to the Pre- and Post-Wildfire Forest Management Conference held in February 2010. Wildfire 2 built on the foundations of knowledge presented at the first conference and aimed to look at some of the broader social sustainability impacts of collaboratively based forest management.
A highlight of the second day was a panel discussion involving some of the key partners in the Dinkey Creek Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) project on Sierra National Forest. In 2007, part of the Dinkey Creek area was slated to be a timber sale (that never happened). The broad collaborative process regarding what a redesigned project might look like took place during 2009 and they won the CFLRP process in 2010.
Larry Duysen of Sierra Forest Products (SFP) gave a description of his family’s business in Terra Bella. SFP was established in 1968, among 8 sawmills, that drew sawlogs from Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. In 1988 the first litigation on a Sequoia National Forest timber sale signaled the beginning of the end for most of the sawmills in the southern Sierra Nevada. The sawmills were trapped between the Forest Service and the environmental organizations. SFP is now the only remaining sawmill and has lost 120 of its original 250 employees.
Craig Thomas of Sierra Forest Legacy, one of the organizations behind some of the litigation, described how he concluded that after 15 years of argument and fighting that no one was benefiting from the constant court battles. He reached out to senior managers in the Forest Service and they agreed to work together to bring the science community in to develop principles for forest ecosystem management based on sound science. This led to the publication of GTR-220: An ecosystem management strategy for Sierran mixed-conifer forests. More importantly, he started a constructive dialogue with the Duysen family to try to understand their business needs and to identify areas of agreement with respect to forest management.
As the collaborative process was broadened to include a greater number of groups and individuals, Gina Bartlett, of Sacramento State University Center for Collaborative Policy, was brought in to facilitate. It was challenging but progress was made as trust developed. At the start of the process very few of the people involved would consider working cooperatively with each other (16%) or trusted each other (9%). At the end of the process trust was complete and all were working cooperatively to submit the CFLRP application. Effective facilitation was essential to meditate and to ensure that all views were fully represented in the process.
Mose Jones-Yellin is the project coordinator for Sierra National Forest. As a Forest Service employee he values the fact that the collaboration gives legitimacy to land management decisions.
The main elements of success were identified as joint fact finding (including receiving technical assistance from scientists in order to inform decisions and site visits) and developing trust between the partners.
For me the progress made at Dinkey Creek gives cause for optimism for the progression to sensible, consensus based public forest management in California that delivers a wide range of benefits to communities, wildlife and the economy.
The presentations will be posted on the conference website shortly.
To view the original blog post on the Woody Biomass Blog posted on May 2, 2011, please visit: http://ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=4774.