2021 EWP Summer Updates

Federal Forest Restoration Program working papers  

We have two new working papers highlighting accomplishments from the last biennium of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Federal Forest Restoration Program (FFRP), available on the project webpage:  

WP 107 highlights accomplishments, including job creation, for each of the FFRP’s six program areas during 2019–2021.  

WP 108 analyzes the outcomes of collaborative capacity grants, which include continued growth of zones of agreement to guide federal forest restoration and economic impacts from collaboratively planned projects.  

The reports were featured in an ODF press release and covered by several Oregon news outlets

Long-term stewardship contracting review  

EWP faculty Dr. Emily Jane Davis recently completed a study about long-term stewardship contracts and master stewardship agreements in the Pacific Northwest with support from the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and USDA Forest Service. This review found that despite challenges in implementing these innovative approaches, there were significant restoration and community economic outcomes. The report also offers new insights into roles of partnerships and collaboration, use of best value criteria, pricing and costs, and interaction between Forest Service staff and external partners or contractors. Read it here

To learn more about our collaborative work with RVCC, check out our new RVCC projects page!

Monitoring outcomes from the Lakeview CFLR Project  

We have been monitoring the social and economic outcomes for the Lakeview Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Project since it began in 2012 and have a couple new publications, which you can find on the Lakeview CFLR project webpage

The most recent biannual report answers socioeconomic monitoring questions for FY 2018–2019 and includes interview perspectives from stakeholders. The monitoring effort found that project funding has provided many opportunities to work across boundaries and use a range of tools, authorities, and agreement types, and the report highlights a variety of long-standing partnerships have been developed as a result. 

In a joint effort with the ecological monitoring team, we have also published a report showing the full  eight years of data answering all of the monitoring questions for the project to date.    

New outlets for wildfire information  

We have been working with the Northwest Fire Science Consortium on several new outlets for communicating about wildfire--please share widely!: 

The Fire Story is a new podcast series in partnership with the UO’s Center for Science Communication Research that looks at wildfire and the public’s connection to it through media and science communication. Episodes focus on topics like media lessons learned, living with smoke, wildfire mitigation policy and logistics; and how collaborative management, agricultural economies, and community partnerships intersect in rangeland fires on Oregon’s eastside. Give it a listen and let us know what topics you want to hear about in future episodes!  

We have taken several Fire Facts documents and made them accessible in video format! These are meant to provide basic information about wildfire that can help a broad audience to better understand and adapt to wildfire events: 

Fire Triangle: https://vimeo.com/564793988/fde5d405e5 

Fire Weather: https://vimeo.com/564794254/37ad8f2c2f 

Smoke: https://vimeo.com/567978222/9db3eac920 

A new story map provides a wealth of information on wildfire information, background, terminology, and resources to increase your knowledge and understanding of wildland fire and the ways we can all contribute to better fire outcomes. 

New journal articles  

We have a new article on boundary spanning in wildfire management, authored by EWP faculty Drs. Emily Jane Davis and Heidi Huber-Stearns, along with partners Dr. Tony Cheng from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute of Colorado State University and Meredith Jacobson of the University of Oregon. View the article here in Fire. This work has been supported by the Joint Fire Science Program

A new article written by EWP faculty Drs. Michael Coughlan and Heidi Huber-Stearns, along with Dr. Courtney Schultz from the Public Land Policy Group at Colorado State University highlights a new approach for identifying where, how, and, potentially, why some national forests are making more progress toward incorporating climate-change adaptations into forest planning and management. View the article here in Journal of Forestry.  

We have a new journal article from our recent research around socioeconomic monitoring for the Northwest Forest Plan:  

Changes in Relationships between the USDA Forest Service and Small, Forest-Based Communities in the Northwest Forest Plan Area amid Declines in Agency Staffing. (2021). Journal of Forestry.  https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvab003.  

A new article from our Resilience in National Forest Planning project has also been published:  

Can Forest Managers Plan for Resilient Landscapes? Lessons from the United States National Forest Plan Revision Process. (2021). Environmental Management.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-021-01451-4.