Oregon Forest Collaboratives Network Workshop

Posted by Andrew Spaeth on September 24, 2015

November 9-10, 2015 in Redmond, Oregon

Photo by Marcus Kauffman

On November 9-10, Sustainable Northwest gathered more than 80 members of the 25 forest collaboratives in Oregon to network, share lessons learned, and advance forest restoration discussions with agency, state, and rural community leaders. The workshop fostered a strong understanding of the socioeconomic characteristics and ecological conditions that influence forest collaborative efforts across the state.

Presentations from the workshop:

Monday, November 9:

Historic and Current Vegetation and Fire Regime Conditions of Oregon Forests ~ Derek Churchill, Research Associate, University of Washington

Oregon Forest Collaboratives: A Brief Overview ~ Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Getting to know your fellow collaborators ~ Kirk Shimeall, Executive Director, Cascade Pacific RC&D

Overview and Dialogue of Oregon’s Federal Forest Health Program ~ Chad Davis, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Forestry

Economic outcomes: How can collaboratives contribute? ~ Eric White, Research Social Scientist, PNW Research Station, U.S. Forest Service; Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Forest collaborative governance structures, capacity, and resources ~ Meagan Nuss, Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University; Jane Barth, Facilitator, Mary’s Peak Stewardship Group and Hebo Stewardship Group

Modeling forest restoration needs and opportunities ~ George McKinley, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative; Cindy Donegan, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Social network analysis of forest collaboration in the Blue Mountains ~ Rebecca McLain, Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University; Kristen Wright, Graduate Research Assistant, Portland State University; Lindsay Warness, Forest Policy Liaison, Boise Cascade 

Who is at the Forest Restoration Table? - Final Report on the Blue Mountains, Forest Stewardship Network, Phase I

Moving forward: Strategies and tools for collaborative group learning and adaptation ~ Ann Moote, Principal, Mamut Consulting; Vernita Ediger, Natural Resources and Environment, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Closing the Feedback Loop: Evaluation and Adaptation in Collaborative Resource Management

Sample Evaluation Tools and Change Mechanisms

Collaborative Engagement with Research Scientists ~ Trent Seager, PhD Candidate, Forest Ecology, Oregon State University; Andrew Merschel, Research Assistant, Oregon State University; Pete Caligiuri, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy 

Public Perceptions Research and Collaborative Communications ~ Joel Hartter, Associate Professor, University of Colorado - Boulder; Nils Christoffersen, Executive Director, Wallowa Resources

Conflict management and resolution ~ Steve Greenwood, Deputy Director, National Policy Consensus Center

Participatory mapping for sustainable roads planning ~ Lee Cerveny, Research Social Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service; Rebecca McLain, Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Tuesday, November 10:

Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership ~ Rick Tholen, Chair, Intermountain Society of American Foresters


For more information, please contact Andrew Spaeth at or (503) 221-6911 x111.

Thank you to our workshop sponsors:


Thank you also to our organizational sponsors:

Portland General Electric
Energy Trust of Oregon