Friday, 16 November 2012
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Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties,

Please review the following three items, the immediate next steps for Bald Mountain planning, the results of our initial Trust Meters, and information on an upcoming stewardship agreements and contracts webinar on December 11.


Here are the next steps that the group agreed upon for Bald Mountain planning and recommendations.  The dates are to be determined.  We know we will continue to use December 6, January 17, and February 19 (a Tuesday) as in-person meeting dates, so please definitely continue to reserve those days.  We'll be back in touch next week with more information.  For the moment, not worrying about dates, we have:

ASAP – All interested members submit requests for critical information that is still felt to be missing, on any of the topics identified during November 16 discussion of the draft Proposed Action.  We will also send out a more formal call for information requests next week, although if you already know what you are looking for, you can go ahead and send me an email with your request now.

All interested members submit to the facilitator proposed text on their topics of choice.

Facilitator distributes compiled proposed text immediately thereafter, in matrix format.

Opportunity for interested members to send follow-up clarification questions to proposers, via the facilitator.

Forest Service presents on remaining information needs.  Members seeks consensus on the preferred text using the matrix tool.  This will likely involve at least two full days of in-person work (e.g., December 6, January 17, days that have already been reserved for full Collaborative meetings).

The same task as #5 may also involve supplemental webinars on an as-needed basis.

ASAP following meetings/webinars: meeting summaries distributed, clearly identifying remaining areas of disagreement.
All interested members submit to the facilitator revised proposed text on their topics of choice, based on recent in-person/webinar discussions.

Facilitator distributes compiled revised proposed text immediately thereafter, in matrix format

February 19 meeting (this date is set): Individual members make recommendations on all debated topics using the matrix tool.  Facilitator provides summary tally of all specific recommendations to the Forest, noting consensus where it is achieved as well as number of supporters for areas where consensus has not been reached.

Via email: Forest circulates single preferred action to members and checks for consensus at the overall project level, using a Letter of Support for Bald Mountain Restoration Project (with the same format as the Eastfork and Soaproot letters developed by the Collaborative in 2011).  Members reply via email, facilitator documents results, including any reservations noted.  Forest decides on its final preferred action and  releases this to the public.

We received 15 submittals, exactly half of our total participants yesterday.  I encourage everyone who attends to complete a trust meter at the next meeting.  The results were:
8 increases (4-6, 5-6, 5-7, 6-7, 6-7, 6-8, 6-10, 8-9)
6 neutrals (2-2, 7-7, 7-7, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9)
1 decrease (2-1)

Stewardship Agreements and Contracts:
Important Tools for Accelerated Restoration
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (please note the time zone)

The use of stewardship authorities by agencies and partners is continuing to grow. We invite you to join us for a discussion of the important stewardship tools available to agencies and partners in achieving on-the-ground results on federal lands. In this session, you can expect:

An update on the status of stewardship tools and direction from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

A basic "how to" for stewardship agreements and contracts, including the differences between types of agreements and contracts and things to consider in starting and implementing a stewardship project

Highlights of recent improvements (most specifically, addressing fire liability in Forest Service stewardship agreements)

The sharing of lessons by several community-based partner groups who have worked with agreements and contracts

There will be opportunity for questions and discussion, so please come ready to interact and participate.

To join the webinar, you’ll need a computer with Internet access and a telephone.  Please take a moment to RSVP at THIS LINK. Once you are confirmed, you’ll receive a separate email with connection information.

This session is sponsored by U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Management staff, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.


Karen DiBari
Director, Conservation Connect - National Forest Foundation
Bldg. 27, Suite 3 | Fort Missoula Rd. | Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: 406.830.3352 | Fax: 406.542.2810  
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