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Partnering with the Forest Service: Lessons Learned by Sheila Jacobson

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Community-Based Watershed Management, March 2012, Juneau Alaska. Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition

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Partnering with the Forest Service: Lessons Learned by Sheila Jacobson

  1. 1. - Wading in Deep – Lessons Learned from Partnering with the Forest ServiceSheila Jacobson Fisheries Biologist USDA Forest Service Tongass National Forest Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  2. 2. Objectives• Provide insight on the steps and some of the tools used to guide you through various stages of a Partnership using Harris River Restoration partnership as an example• Acknowledge obstacles and Lessons Learned• Identify a few “go-to” resources for more information Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  3. 3. Steps to an Effective Partnership 1. Assess Capacity and Needs 2.Build Relationships 3.Develop Your Project Idea 4. Find Funds 5. Implement the Project 6. Monitor Progress 7.Evaluate Success and Acknowledge On- going Challenges 8.Document Lessons Learned 9. Share successes Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  4. 4. Develop your Project Idea• Flesh out project details early – Objectives/Expectations – Surveys – Designs/Methods – Cost Estimates• Know the order in which you desire to implement the suite of projects• Determine timeframes for• completion Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  5. 5. Find FundsGrant Applications: Working Together– Share writing and application submission tasks for mutual benefit– Share resources to implement the project and include in your application Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  6. 6. When Applying for Grants….– Know what the grant is targeting– Understand partner/agency interests and values– Learn from past records what was successful– Know exactly how the funds will be used and who will be responsible for administering– Know the full cost of the project– Know the timeline and performance period Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  7. 7. When interests align you may choose to work together in many ways…
  8. 8. Stewardship Authority• Stewardship contracting projects with private or public entities by contract or agreement• Perform services to achieve land management goals for the NF’s or public lands that meet local and rural community needs. Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  9. 9. Wyden Authority• Allows expenditure of Forest Service funds off national forest system lands• Projects must benefit the fish, wildlife, and other resources on National Forest lands within an affected watershed• May be used to improve collaborative efforts• Can partner with any entity or individual Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  10. 10. Implement and Monitor• Stick to the Agreement or Modify as Needed – Know your responsibilities – Know deliverables and due dates Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  11. 11. On-Going Challenges• Increasing need to adapt to economic changes and pressures• Inefficient business processes and complex database systems encumber local level efforts• Continued engagement and support of new and long term partners requires time and effort• Complications and constraints impact our ability to successfully establish and leverage relationships and results• Laws and ethical guidance can be complicated and limiting Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  12. 12. Lessons Learned• Don’t fight the Federal system, work within it• Know project details early• Include G&A and Contracting in upfront planning, timeline setting, and “fact finding”• Communicate!• Find the most knowledgeable resources and use them• Incorporate reasonable timeframes• Build and sustain capacity• Be honest with your partners!• Realize larger watershed scale projects are complex Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  13. 13. Celebrate Successes• Acknowledge partners and highlight their hard work!• Share stories in newsletters, news and magazine articles Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  14. 14. Resources• Partnership Guide – Designed for Forest Service employees and partners – Answers common questions about the agencys policies and procedures – Helps anticipate potential hurdles – Provides overview of commonly used agreements and a flowchart to guide users to the appropriate agreement http://www.partnershipresourcecenter.org/• Partnership Resource Center website: – Contains a wealth of online resources for building vibrant partnerships and effective collaboration on and off the National Forest. Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
  15. 15. Questions? Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012

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