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New Mexico State Forestry

New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson called for a statewide plan to address forest health and placed the responsibility for convening the planning process with the State Forestry Division.

RRC was hired to aid in fully scoping the planning process, and then managed and implemented the18-month effort. RRC also conceived and managed a pre-planning assessment to aid in framing the issues, authored the planning document and incorporated the iterations of comments and revisions, and oversaw all outreach efforts including a two-day workshop of some 275 participants and four public meetings held in locations throughout the state.

This 18-month effort involved more than 400 stakeholders from federal, state, tribal and local governments, as well as private landowners, academics, environmentalists and representatives from industry and public interest groups. One key outcome of RRC’s involvement was the expansion of the plan to include watersheds for a more holistic approach to landscape restoration and management. The planning process brought together all of New Mexico’s departments responsible for environmental issues including Public Health and Environment, Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Minerals. The Plan was signed by all of the principals involved and was formally accepted as the State Plan with the Governor’s signature in March 2005.

New Mexico’s Plan has been recognized both regionally and nationally as being on the vanguard of work being done in ecological restoration and provides a model for Western States.

Click here to visit the website for the Forest and Watershed Health Plan or download the Plan directly here.

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USDA Forest Service, Region 8

The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service (Region 8) manages 13 million acres of federal land in 13 states and Puerto Rico. The leadership body for the region is made up of some 45 Regional Directors and Forest Supervisors and headed by the Regional Forester. The Regional Forester wanted to increase the capability of his leadership team including their ability to work together, to effectively lead the region, and to manage their business strategically.

RRC was hired to design and facilitate four team meetings over an 18-month period to transform the way the team thought about their leadership role and how they implemented it for the benefit of the region.

As a result of this work, the leadership team clarified their charter, put in place a leadership structure within the group that supports shared and strategic decision-making among all 45 members, and developed a strategic framework to establish regional priorities and guide resource allocation. The strategic framework is also a guiding document for the entire region as each Regional Director and Forest Supervisor is accountable to link their efforts to it.

Click here to visit the USDA Forest Service, Region 8 website or download the Strategic Framework document directly here.

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