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  • Seventh Western Annual Policy Meeting 2007 RVCC Homework Synthesis
  • Disclaimer • 61 Organizations responded • First time for on-line survey format • Sustainable Northwest and the Core Group synthesized responses • Issues presented here do not represent consensus
  • Overarching Issues • Existing Issues – More $$ and institutional support for: • Comprehensive Restoration • Capacity Building (community and agency) • Collaboration • Biomass utilization – Appropriate scale throughout – Performance measures as a strategy
  • Overarching Issues • Rural Power – Shared lack of frustration over lack of political power and funding to help rural communities engage in policy.
  • Overarching Issues • Emerging Issues – Rural economic development – Climate change – Land conversion – Ranching – Fire suppression budgets
  • What should the priority of the following issue areas be for RVCC in 2008? Priority High Medium Not/Low Percent Issue Areas Forest and watershed restoration 83 (49) 14 2 Rural economic development 72 (43) 25 3 Biomass utilization 71 (42) 22 3 Community capacity building 70 (41) 22 9 Sustainable forestry 56 (33) 32 7 Land conversion 52 33 13 Renewable energy 48 36 12 Workforce and labor 41 (24) 36 17 Climate change 41 41 15 Ecosystem services 40 40 17 Contracting (including stewardship contracting) 39 (23) 46 12 Old-growth protection 14 29 51 Green certification systems 12 38 48 Post-disturbance salvage 12 51 29 Non-timber forest products 7 36 53 Immigration 5 10 71
  • Working Group Preferences Biomass utilization Collaboration policies Stewardship contracting Federal appropriations for restoration and community development Climate change Land conversion Community-owned forests Federal support for capacity building Legislative support for forest and watershed restoration Performance measures Ranching and rangeland issues Multi-party monitoring Wildfire cost containment Energy policy Workforce and labor Contracting reform Immigration Other 0 5 10 15 20 25 30
  • Priority vs. Interest • Collaboration – High interest, not asked on priorities list • Stewardship Contracting – High interest, not one of highest priority issues • Workforce and Labor – Low interest (10), higher relative priority (24) • Lessons – The question influences the result – Interest and group priorities may not always match – Some things are important, but not right for RVCC
  • Appropriations/Leg Strategies • Appropriations/Budget Package • Restoration Legislation • Agency Budget Processes • Legislation for community capacity building • Fire Suppression Budget
  • What priority should seeking changes to the federal land management agency budget allocation processes to support the following issues be? Priority High Medium Not/Low Percent Issues Integration of comprehensive restoration and community economic development 75 19 2 Collaboration 61 37 2 Community and business capacity building programs 58 26 11
  • Workforce and Labor • Best Value Contracting • Worker Safety • High number of “don’t know” responses
  • Collaboration • Performance Measures • Funding • Technical Assistance • Guidance to agency staff • Incentives for cross-boundary restoration
  • Community Capacity Building • Agency capacity • Capacity building in low-income communities • Funding for product and market development
  • Stewardship Contracting • Agency Capacity • Scaling contracts for local capacity • Multi-year contracting • Use of retained receipts
  • Biomass • Removing administrative barriers to utilization of woody biomass from public lands • Renewable energy production incentives include woody biomass • Scale • Capital infrastructure assistance
  • Private Lands • Collaboration across ownerships • Land conversion • Shares common priority issues with ranching
  • Key Discussion Points • Stewardship Contracting (25% receipts to counties) • Ranching • Climate Change • Biomass (renewable energy and thermal energy) • County Payments – Agreement on support for program – Not as much agreement on details – Uncertain role for RVCC
  • What federal programs have you used? County Paym ents RACs USDA Woody Biom ass Utilization Grant Program Joint Fire Sciences Rural Com m unity Developm ent Initiative USFWS Partners Program and Private Stew ardship Grant Program National Forest Foundation Western States Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program USDA Rural Cooperative Developm ent North Am erican Wetland's Conservation Act Black: Survey NSF responses White: Other programs EPA added by respondents Collaborative Forest Restoration Program 0 5 10 15 20 25
  • End • Thank you.
  • What is the level of need of your community or organization for the following assistance or training? Need High Moderate None/Some Percent Technical Assistance and Training Marketing/Utilization of restoration by- products 37 33 20 Biomass utilization and energy production 35 29 33 Land conversion 33 15 37 Accessing carbon markets 28 25 36 Community planning 25 23 42 Ecological/Social/Economic monitoring protocols 21 37 33 Collaboration 16 35 47 Facilitation 16 22 53 Multi-party monitoring 15 42 35
  • Which of the following on-line organization tools has your organization used? Wikis 11% Skype 7% Other: - Cadastral data Google docs Didn't answer the - GoTo Meeting 20% question/ Don't - Meeting management software know/ Haven't used - Montana Natural Resource Information any of the tools System (NRIS) 62% - Survey Monkey - WebEx - Webinar - Zoho
  • Types of Organizations Tribal entity or Worker Econom ic developm ent organization organization 0% Elected body 3% 2% Other federal, state, or local governm ent agency 7% Com m unity-based natural resource organization 30% Other 8% Research organization 8% Federal or state land For-profit business m anagem ent agency 11% 10% Other: Foundation Regional and national Environm ental organization Individual conservation-based 11% Labor/Environmentalist Alliance developm ent organization Non-profit Trade Association 10% Professional Forestry Organization Research, outreach and education non-profit