Monitoring Socioeconomics within Collaborative Forestry Projects: Trends in Practices and Challenges (2016)
Sierra Institute conducted a nation-wide assessment of socioeconomic monitoring programs being implemented as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. This report summarizes findings and offers recommendations to mitigate challenges associated with this task.
Forest Biomass Transport and Value-Added Market Optimization Assessment for the Upper Feather River Watershed (2012)
This report was completed by TSS Consultants under contract to Sierra Institute as part of the Institute’s Cooperative Agreement with the Plumas National Forest. The primary focus of the Cooperative Agreement is to identify expanded economic uses of biomass through reduction of hazardous fuels on National Forest System Lands.
Response to the Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Designation for the Northern Spotted Owl by Industrial Economic (2012)
(Note: Large file – 30 mb)
This report was submitted as comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to the 2012 designation of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl. Commissioned by the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition to provide third-party analysis, the Sierra Institute examined a variety of socioeconomic indicators in counties throughout the northern spotted owl range to provide an example of the kind of in-depth analysis that should be included when instituting land management decisions on nearly 14 million acres of private and public forest lands.
The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate measures and indicators for assessing socioeconomic attributes of watersheds in California. Measures and indicators were developed and tested in three watersheds in Mariposa County; the Upper Merced River Watershed, Mariposa Stream Groups Watershed, and Upper Chowchilla River Watershed.
The project was funded by the California Department of Water Resources, manages by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, and implemented by the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. Results will be used to inform the Department of Water Resource’s Watershed Framework, a tool for assessing watershed indicators, trends,and progress of watershed programs.
The Burney Creek – Hat Creek Community Forestry Project was launched by the Shasta Resource Advisory Committee to develop a plan and projects that integrate sustainable natural resource management with socioeconomic development across the 364, 000-acre, two-watershed area.
Re-visioning Rural Healthcare Service Delivery and Addressing the Needs of Uninsured and the Underserved in Plumas County (2008)
This assessment is designed to improve understanding of the rural Plumas County healthcare system, particularly how it addresses the needs of the uninsured and the under-served. The report contains 11 key findings and seven recommendations designed to strengthen the system of healthcare for residents of the county.
Tribal Economic Development: Building with Strengths and Confronting Challenges (2007)
The Intertribal Timber Council supported this report that examines six tribal communities and highlights key economic and community development lessons for Indian communities. The six case studies are drawn from the Sierra Institute’s assessment of the Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative. An updated version of the paper by authors, Beth Rose Middleton and Jonathan Kusel, is available in Economic Development Quarterly 21(2):165-178 published in 2007.
This assessment analyzes the outcomes of Titles II and III of the 2000 legislation that stabilized payments to forest counties for their roads and schools, and was the first national legislation requiring citizen collaboration to advance natural resource projects. The legislation enabled citizen Resource Advisory Committees to recommend funding for forest and watershed restoration projects. The study analyzed this national “experiment” and influenced the debate in Congress for and shaped re-authorization of the legislation passed in 2008.
Read Dr. Kusel’s testimony to the Senate Subcommittee, March 2007 (PDF)
Read the U.S. Senate Press Release February 2007 (PDF)
This report analyzes the effectiveness of the Initiative implemented with President Clinton’s 1993 Forest Plan to help address the socioeconomic impacts associated with the changes in federal timber policies. The Sierra Institute conducted case studies of communities and evaluated the legislation and effectiveness of the $1.2 billion program.