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Ben Prater - 2-27-12

  1. 1. Volunteer Stewardship of National Forests Ben Prater Green Monday February 27 th , 2012
  2. 2. Outline <ul><ul><li>Wild South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Wild South <ul><li>Our mission is to inspire people to enjoy value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. </li></ul><ul><li>Four primary program areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stewarding National Forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting Wildlife </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserving Cultural Heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiring Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>                         </li></ul><ul><li>                                                    </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trends in Economics
  5. 5. Trends in Recreation
  6. 6. Trends in the Visitation <ul><li>According to 2009 NVUM 28.3 + million visitors visit forests in R8 Annually. </li></ul><ul><li>7.5 million visit National Forests of North Carolina, 27% of the total visitation in the region. </li></ul><ul><li>27% of the visitors on 9% (1.25 of 13.3 mil) of the national forest lands in USFS R8. </li></ul><ul><li>That means &quot;population density&quot; is 6 people per acre in NC </li></ul>
  7. 7. Role of Volunteer Stewardship <ul><li>We believe the public has a role to play in public lands </li></ul><ul><li>We believe collaboration and partnerships are critical to forge constructive relationships with land managers </li></ul><ul><li>We know that people enjoy and take pride in working to protect the places they love </li></ul><ul><li>Those who invest their time and energy in the stewardship of their public lands invest in sustainability  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Contribution in 2011 <ul><ul><li>Helping Hands NC = 250hrs, 10 vols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wildlife Research = 120hrs, 2 interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping Hands AL = 1,385 hrs, 81 vols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canyon Mapping = 154 hrs, 4 vols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Wilderness Ranger = 452hrs, 32 vols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total = 2,361hrs, 130 vols  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Kind Contribution = $20.85/hr x 2361hrs = $49,266.85 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
  10. 10. Our Projects <ul><ul><li>Wilderness Stewardship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NNIS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wilderness Rangers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping Hands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trail maintenance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trail inventory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forest Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Canyon Mapping </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. NNIS Surveys
  12. 12. Wilderness Rangers
  13. 13. Helping Hands
  14. 14. Pisgah Trail Inventory
  15. 15. Canyon Preservation
  16. 16. Challenges <ul><ul><li>Agency personnel changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration is a long-term commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal agreements vs. &quot;handshakes&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget constraints for everybody--the &quot;new normal&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investments </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Opportunities <ul><ul><li>National Forest Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stewardship Contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More informed &quot;boots on the ground&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lean economic times can be a motivator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge NEED for stewardship of public lands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No lack of demand for recreation  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No lack of supply of volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skilled, professional NGO's </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. ” In this spirit—no matter what your age—dare to love these forests deeper, and to share this love with your family and friends. In their still-wild state, they are not just a symbol of freedom, they are freedom, made manifest to all the senses. They are an abiding gift, but now we are being called upon to care for them.” — Rick Bass, Nature Writer
  19. 19. Thanks! wildsouth.org

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