John S. McCain III
National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Project Case Summary
Inyo, Sequoia, Sierra, and Stanislaus National Forests Travel Management Planning
January 2009 - July 2009
Four California national forests - the Sierra, Sequoia, Inyo, and Stanislaus - simultaneously initiated their travel management planning efforts in
early 2009. Staff at these forests worked together with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution staff to coordinate and facilitate the
process of developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment. The Institute worked with the Center for Collaborative Policy
to design and plan collaborative efforts for each of the forests, which allowed the forests to work more effectively together and with the public.
The goal was to develop an integrated approach to travel management planning that maximized public participation and resulted in the drafting of widely
supported proposed actions for each of the forests.
Results and Accomplishments
- Each forest held numerous public meetings, encouraging broad public participation. The facilitator provided support for significant public
outreach, facilitating 30 public meetings to present each DEIS to the public.
- The public meetings provided information and understanding about the DEIS documents that helped participants better understand how to share
comments about the plans; these comments have been useful to the Forest Service as they have revised the document.
- Through advance coaching and training sessions, the facilitator helped Forest Service staff become more comfortable in engaging the public
during the meetings.
- The Inyo National Forest has published a final EIS and Record of Decision, is moving forward with implementation, and has gained broad
community support for its decision. The other forests are currently at various stages in the process.
- The chosen format for the meetings - convened more as a workshop than a formal hearing - was viewed as innovative. Participants were able
to interact directly with Forest Service technical staff on specific relevant issues, allowing participants to focus on their particular area
- The meetings also offered Q & A discussions sessions; questions raised by participants were answered by a panel of Forest Service staff.
This format kept the meetings focused and provided time for more in-depth discussion.
- The meetings concluded with a break-out period that allowed people to speak directly with staff if they had remaining questions or comments.
Partner from National Roster of ECR Practitioners
Austin McInerny, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento
U.S. Institute Project Manager
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Larry Fisher, Ph.D., Coordinator
Public Lands and Natural Resources Program
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