Community Forestry International Projects
This project assisted the Forest Service and community stakeholders in the transition from traditional public involvement methods, to a more collaborative-based approach for recreation management in Los Padres National Forest. To accomplish this, a handbook ("Collaborator's Handbook") was developed to provide both forest managers and community members with the necessary tools, process steps, and reference information necessary to allow issues to be successfully addressed in a collaborative manner. Additionally, key community organizations and Forest Service personnel were brought together in a workshop setting to develop an action plan for further integrating the community in the decision-making process.
Participants included graduate students from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California at Santa Barbara, USDA-FS, Santa Barbara Ranger District, and Community Forestry International.
For more information on the project: http://fiesta.bren.ucsb.edu/~forest/
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