Current (and Near Future) SCALE Projects
Last week I wrote an introduction to the SCALE project and forest collaboratives in California. This week I’m going to dig a little deeper into some of the current focuses of the project. Sierra Institute adapts SCALE to respond to needs identified by the collaboratives. In the past, this has led to projects addressing local contracting, defining local and socioecological monitoring. A current focus of SCALE is to increase the availability of information on topics that are useful to collaboratives trying to implement restoration projects.
All-Lands Project Support
One of the main focuses of many forest collaboratives is the advancement of projects across ownership boundaries. We are helping to support collaboratives to implement all-lands projects by sharing examples of successful projects and various strategies of implementation. Sierra Institute is providing information on Forest Service tools and authorities through presentations and briefs. All-Lands project implementation is the primary focus of the SCALE biannual meeting to be held later this month.
Another one of our active projects is a trio of case studies on long standing forest collaboratives in the West. Last fall, Brooke Huffman, one of our SCALE team members, visited Colorado to interview stakeholders involved with the Uncompahgre Plateau Collaborative Restoration Project. This year, Sierra Institute is planning to conduct two more case studies on forest collaborative groups to determine lessons learned from each, discover similarities between them, and identify factors for successful collaboration and project implementation.
Social Network Analysis
Throughout the coming months, Sierra Institute will be working on a social network analysis of forest collaboratives in California. This network analysis will look at relationships between stakeholders of all the collaboratives and other key organizations in California forest management. It can be used to identify stakeholders and collaborative members that are central, well connected or otherwise important to the network. This tool can also be used to track changes to the network, to see whether new relationships develop or organizations become more connected over time.
Written by Lauren Burton for Project Spotlight: SCALE
Break in the Blog next week. Stay tuned May 26th and June 2nd for final SCALE blog posts.