Strategies for Supporting Front-Line Collaboration

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Obama's Open Government initiative promotes collaboration. How can federal agencies promote collaboration on the front line? A new report describes how the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management use stewardship contracting to engage communities in natural resource management.

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Strategies for Supporting Front-Line Collaboration

  1. 1. Strategies for Supporting Front Line Collaboration: Lessons from Stewardship Contracting Cassandra Moseley Director, Institute for a Sustainable Environment University of Oregon August 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Collaborating in Federal Land Management </li></ul><ul><li>What is Stewardship Contracting? </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Four Strategies for Supporting Collaboration on the Front Line </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>“ An agency’s culture, policies, procedures, and incentives can make it either easier or more difficult for field staff to collaborate effectively.”
  3. 3. Collaborating in Federal Land Management <ul><li>Executives in two federal land management agencies in 1990s saw potential in engaging community-level stakeholders to solve complex problems. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Forest Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bureau of Land Management (BLM) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The challenge: demands of vertical hierarchies clash with fluid, horizontal networks </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Is Stewardship Contracting? <ul><li>Statutory contracting authority allowing Forest Service and BLM to restore public lands, create economic benefits for local communities </li></ul><ul><li>Allows timber sale revenues to remain local, used for land restoration efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Use is predicated on active local engagement in decision-making by affected communities </li></ul><ul><li>Required changes in behavior by agencies, communities, activists </li></ul>
  5. 5. Case Studies in Collaboration <ul><li>Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>Sisters’ Ranger District, Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>Hayfork Valley National Forest, Calif. </li></ul><ul><li>Weaverville Community Forest, Calif. </li></ul><ul><li>Wyoming Front Aspen Restoration, Wyoming </li></ul>
  6. 6. Four Strategies Supporting Front Line Collaboration <ul><li>Create time and space for collaboration to develop and mature </li></ul><ul><li>Change the rules to encourage collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand local discretion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritize funding for action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide staff incentives to collaborate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal performance measures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build agency, non-government partner capacities to collaborate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Train cadre of personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint training </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Resources <ul><li>“ Strategies for Supporting Front Line Collaboration: Lessons from Stewardship Contracting” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For free copies of this report, visit the IBM Center for The Business of Government Website www.businessofgovernment.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Report Author: </li></ul><ul><li>Cassandra Moseley </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Ecosystem Workforce Program </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Institute for a Sustainable Environment </li></ul><ul><li>University of Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>Eugene, OR 97403 </li></ul><ul><li>(541) 346-4545 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>presentation prepared by John Kamensky

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