FW Collaborative

FW Collaborative

Siuslaw Forest-Wide Collaborative

The Siuslaw Forest-Wide Collaborative (SFWC) began forming in August 2020 and is comprised of a diverse range of forest stakeholders.Currently the work of the SFWC is focused on establishing governing documents and defining the mission and goals of the group. With the support of a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) a Collaborative Coordinator (Kailey Kornhauser) and advisors (Trent Seager and Sally Bernstein) were hired to support this effort.

Currently the SFWC meets on the second Friday of every month from 10am -12pm. A Governance Subcommittee has formed and meets monthly to complete the work of developing governing documents for the full Collaboratives review. Some Collaborative participants have also been engaging with the Sand Lake Restoration Project when possible.

By June 30, 2021 the SFWC will have a developed organizational structure, declaration of commitment, and operations manual. The group will also have documents memorializing public engagement on previous NEPA projects, highlighting areas of agreement and disagreement.

Background

Since 2002, Stewardship Groups (SGs) have successfully proposed, prioritized, and implemented restoration projects using retained receipts generating through the implementation of stewardship timber sale contracts on the Siuslaw National Forest. Over the last few years some SG participants have organized to engage in long-term forest planning and multi-party monitoring at a forest-wide scale on the SNF. Additionally, other stakeholder groups have been engaging with the Forest at a landscape-scale outside of SG participation. In 2019 a study found that there was interest in, and capacity for a forest-wide group that would provide a platform for a diverse range of stakeholders to engage with the SNF on a variety of forest-wide topics. This led to the creation of the SFWC which offers a platform for collaborative engagement with the SNF that is separate from the Stewardship Contracting process that the existing SGs participate in.

Collaborative Documents

Siuslaw Forest-Wide Collaborative Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Governance Subcommittee Meeting Minutes

Sand Lake Discussions

Get Involved

The SFWC has remained a relatively small group as they work to establish governing documents and review past engagement efforts. If you are interested in staying up to date with the efforts of the group, or becoming an active SFWC participant please email the SFWC Coordinator, Kailey Kornhauser at Kailey.Kornhauser@gmail.com.

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