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Excellent Resources on the Socioeconomic Benefits of Restoration

August 31, 2012

We at the National Forest Foundation suggest you take a few minutes to review these excellent new resources developed by the Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon. Read the message from EWP Director Cassandra Mosely to learn more…

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The Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon is excited to announce three new resources to help integrate social and economic benefits into ecological restoration on public lands.

Two Quick Guides provide strategies for enhancing collaboration and local economic benefit from restoration work:

The first, A Quick Guide for Incorporating Collaboration into the Watershed Condition Framework, provides tips and strategies for increasing collaboration among national forests and partners at each phase of planning and implementation in the Framework.

The second, A Quick Guide for Creating High-Quality Jobs Through Restoration on National Forests, provides techniques for increasing local economic benefit and job creation from restoration using existing authorities and programs.

One report­,  Developing Socioeconomic Performance Measures Related to the Watershed Condition Framework, outlines strategies for developing new social and economic performance measures related to the Forest Service’s Watershed Condition Framework and restoration on public lands more generally.  The proposed performance measures make use of data the Forest Service already collects, and “score cards” that allow local units and their partners to monitor progress in the areas of adaptive capacity, economic benefit, and social equity.  We hope that this report will help the Forest Service and their partners develop local performance measures and monitoring frameworks to track the social and economic impacts of their efforts.  Over time, we hope this report will also foster a national dialogue about how to measure social and economic outcomes of restoration on public lands.

You can find all of these resources along with several briefing papers summarizing our findings here.

These resources were created in partnership with the US Forest Service Office of Watersheds, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.  Please share these resources with your networks.

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