Resources

1.  Red Lodge Clearinghouse: resources for Western-state collaborators seeking to address natural resource challenges.
2.  Sustainable Northwest // Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
3.  Collaboration Issue Paper: discusses collaborative approaches to resolve natural resource management issues.

4.  Strategies for Supporting Frontline Collaboration: Addresses how agencies can encourage collaboration with community stakeholders. Findings give four strategies to foster collaboration: (1) creating time and space for collaboration, (2) changing agency rules to encourage collaboration, (3) providing staff incentives to collaborate, and (4) building the capacity to collaborate in the agency as well as among stakeholders.

5.  Forest Service Contracting – A Basic Guide for Restoration Partners: Provides an overview of the contracts, agreements, and permits available to pursue restoration work on national forests, and provides contractors with information on how to find and bid on restoration contracts.

6.  Stewardship Contracting Guidebooks:

  • Multiparty Monitoring and Stewardship Contracting – A Tool for Adaptive Management: A ‘how to’ guide filled with examples, answers to many questions, and pit falls commonly experienced by collaborative groups seeking to develop a multiparty monitoring program. This guide is especially useful for members of collaborative groups and federal agency personnel interested in developing a multiparty monitoring program to measure socioeconomic and ecological outcomes.
  • Stewardship Contracting and Collaboration – Best Practices Guidebook: This guide is intended for community members and Forest Service staff anticipating involvement in, or already participating in, stewardship contracting collaborative groups. It includes information on opportunities for collaboration throughout the stewardship contracting process, offers best practice suggestions, and includes links to a wealth of additional resources.
  • Best Value & Stewardship Contracting Guidebook – Meeting Ecological and Community Objectives: Stewardship Contracts provide agencies, communities, and businesses with a new way to offer, package, and implement projects on public lands. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide those working on stewardship contracting with a basic understanding of its best value requirements and to offer examples of best value evaluation criteria used in actual project solicitations.