The dialog will focus on the future of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, with a specific focus on the national forests in these regions. Dialogs provide an opportunity for learning, shared meaning, aligned actions, mutual respect and understanding different perspectives.
The goals are to:
Bring together public and private land managers to grapple with an "all lands" approach to planning and conservation, beginning with fire protection issues
Lay the foundation for Forest Plan revisions
Develop stakeholder collaborative capacity to address challenging complex issues on a broad scale
Create shared responsibility and understanding
Give people voice to express concerns and provide an avenue for input
Build relationships and trust among all stakeholders
Please join us in a series of Dialogs over the coming years to discuss a range of critical issues that affect the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades and people who live, work and recreate there.
The Dialogs will focus on the future of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, specifically the national forests, providing an opportunity for learning, shared meaning, aligned actions, and understanding different perspectives.
The intent is to hold regular conversations among engaged stakeholders on a range of issues across the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades. The term "stakeholder" refers to any individual or organization that has a direct interest in public lands. This would include the Forest Service as the convener.
The goal is to create shared understanding among participants with diverse opinions.
Come learn about other communities and stakeholders; come lend your voice to the conversation.
Agreements and understanding achieved through the Dialog Group will inform Forest Service decisions. Outcomes will be shared with the Regional Leadership Team and other staff of the Forest Service. (The Regional Leadership Team includes the Regional Forester, Deputy Regional Forester, key regional leaders, and the Forest Supervisors.) Dialog participants may participate in briefings to the Regional Leadership Team to represent the diversity and breadth of discussions.
Outcomes would likely take the form of Statements of Understanding. These Statements might consist of a common set of definitions, agreements, proposed strategies, issue summaries, etc. The Statements will be driven by the content of the discussion.
The Overview document summarizes the structure and framework for establishing the Sierra Cascades Dialogs, including goals, participation, proposed discussion topics and outcomes, meeting format and framework, current steering committee membership and communication agreements.
Deb Whitall, USDA Forest ServiceUSDA Forest ServiceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 707-562-8823
We look forward to your participation as the Forest Service continues to work to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations in Region 5.