Jump to... The Western Counties Partnership on Restoration (CPR) Summit •
Three partners in New Mexico: Otero County, the Lincoln National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry, conceived of the Summit, envisioning it as a platform from which to address implementation and funding of forest and watershed health restoration in the West.
RRC was hired to develop a program that would engage diverse stakeholders, providing forums for learning, for sharing views, and for giving input. RRC also provided facilitation of the plenary sessions, oversaw the work session facilitation, managed all aspects of the event including 30 speakers and three field trips, and authored the Report of Proceedings.
Three hundred participants from 11 states and the District of Columbia attended the Summit, representing federal, state, tribal and local governments, public interest groups, academics and private landowners. The Summit provided a unique opportunity for policy makers, technical experts and practitioners to gather and learn from one another. The Summit resulted in a document of proceedings that includes ten major findings with recommendations for implementation that was presented to the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources and Environment Under Secretary. Download the Western Counties Partnership on Restoration (CPR) Summit Record of Proceedings report directly here.
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.
For the development of the Forest and Watershed Health Plan, RRC designed and implemented the public input processes, which included a Summit attended by more than 250 stakeholders, followed by town hall meetings in four locations throughout the state. RRC conceived of the Summit forum to address several challenges: the need to develop a greater level of awareness and understanding of the Plan and its unique approach, the desire to convene high level policy representatives on this important statewide issue, and the lack of funds for the originally-conceived 10-site town hall schedule. The Summit design included plenary sessions complemented by breakout group work and a poster session for networking and information exchange, and included participants from all over NM as well as from regional and national leadership. RRC designed the town hall meetings in an open-house format to promote interaction among stakeholders and to focus participants and their comments on the elements of the Draft Plan under review.
RRC facilitated the Summit, compiled the report of proceedings and prepared all comments for web access. RRC also conceived of a fully web-automated process for the submittal of public comment. Click here to visit the website for the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Plan, or download the report directly here.
WRAP is a collaborative effort of tribal and state government and federal agencies to develop the technical and policy tools needed by western states and tribes to comply with the U.S. EPA's regional haze regulations. The Fire Emissions Joint Forum (FEJF) is both a policy and a technical body that addresses issues specific to fire and smoke effects. For several major issues, the FEJF convened sub-committees to develop policy documents to be used by states in their implementation plans.
RRC designed and implemented methodologies to equitably and systematically garner broad stakeholder input on four draft policy documents for the WRAP. These methodologies needed to capture the range of technical and policy expertise represented in the large stakeholder group of state air regulators, federal and state land managers, tribal governments, agricultural representatives, environmental groups, academics, and industry representatives.
RRC conceived two major workshops: a two-day technical workshop for 100+ attendees and a day-long Policy Session for members of the executive leadership. These were followed by a directed outreach process via email to hundreds of individual reviewers. In addition to designing these processes, Rebecca facilitated both workshops, developed the records of the workshop products and the written comments, and then assisted in their review and incorporation into the final products, the result of which was consensus approval on all four policy documents, which were the first of their kind.
The following documents are available on the WRAP website, or you can download them below: