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Community Outreach and Capacity-Building Resources
Community Forestry Week in Washington
In the spring of each year, we work in partnership with American Forests, the Communities Committee, and the National Network of Forest Practitioners to deliver this week-long training program. It is aimed at enlightening people working on the ground in community-based forestry on the elements of the federal forest policy-making process, including legislative, budgetary, and administrative procedures, as well as, teaching them how to influence policy decisions.

"Quick Guides" for Community-Based Forestry (CBF) Practitioners

In an effort to break down complex federal forest policy issues, the Institute and its partners have developed some Quick Guides which highlight information that is especially pertinent to CBF practitioners.

Click here to download a Quick Guide on Defining Community Based Forestry

Click here to download our Quick Guide on Collaboration and the National Environmental Policy Act

Click here to download our Quick Guide on Collaboration and Land Management Planning

Click here to download a Quick Guide on Public Policy

Click here to download a Quick Guide on Forming Coalitions

Click here to download a Quick Guide on Media Training

Click here to download a Quick Guide on The Congress

Click here
to download a Quick Guide on The Federal Funding Process

Click here to download a Quick Guide on The Administration

Multiparty Monitoring within the Community-Forests Restoration Program (NM)
In 2004, the Institute led efforts in developing parts of the multiparty monitoring protocol associated with the Community-Forests Restoration Program in New Mexico. With partners like the Ecological Restoration Institute, the National Forest Foundation, and the USDA Forest Service, our work developed into comprehensive guidelines how participants in the program can effectively design a multiparty monitoring process. Click here to access the Monitoring and Assessment Guidelines.

Collaboration in Stewardship Contracting
The Institute developed a series of regionally-specific training modules to instruct agency and non-agency interests how best to collaborate within a stewardship contract (e.g., project design, implementation, and monitoring). These modules were field tested throughout the summer of 2005 and are now a part of agency-led training sessions. For more information on these training resources, contact Brian Kittler. Click here for a review a review of the role of collaboration in Stewardship Contracting.

Collaboration 201
In tandem with the National Partnership Office of the USDA Forest Service, we created a training module, entitled "Collaboration 201," which was test-run at the June 2006 Forest Service Annual Partnership Meeting in South Lake Tahoe, CA. This instructional tool was developed to educate both agency and non-agency entities on the meaning of collaboration in a forest management context and how it might be carried out in the field. Click here for a review of the Annual Partnership Meeting.

International Trends in Community-Based Resource Management
In partnership with the National Network of Forest Practitioners, the USDA Forest Service, USAID and the Ford Foundation, we organized and facilitated a unique cross-cultural exchange of persons currently engaged in community-based management of forests. The workshop, which was 1-week in length, brought a variety of countries together to discuss context behind existing policy, management techniques, and social trends. Click here for more information about the Institute’s international community-based forestry activities.
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