Sierra Cascades Dialog Sessions

Landscape view of snow-capped mountains with trees in the foreground.


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

Dialog Sessions

Session 1 - "Leadership Intent & Ecological Restoration" - Nov. 4, 2010

Session 2 - "Values, Attitudes and Beliefs" - Feb. 24, 2011

Session 3 - "Improving Social & Ecomomic Conditions in Rural Forest Communities" - Oct. 12, 2011

Session 4 - "Preparing for Forest Planning" - Dec. 15, 2011

Session 5 - "Collaborative Planning in Forest Plan Revision" - Mar. 1, 2012

Session 6 - "Adaptive Management in Forest Planning: Tools and Techniques" - May 10, 2012

Session 7 - "Recreation: Social and Economic Opportunities and Impacts" - Sep. 27, 2012

Session 8 - "Science Synthesis" - Jan. 24, 2013

Session 9 - "Biogregional Assessment" - Jan. 25, 2013

Session 10 - "Biogregional Assessment" - May 30, 2013

Session 11 - "Still Standing—Wildland Fire and Resiliency" - Dec. 12, 2013

Session 12 - "Water, water, water" - Feb. 27, 2014

Session 13 - Exploring the Range of Public Views - April 30, 2014

Session 14 - Monitoring - January 22, 2015

Session 15 - Planning Tomorrow's Forests Today: Pacific Crest Trail, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Species of Conservation Concern - October, 15 2015


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.

2015 Dialog Sessions


All meetings will be open to the public. Everyone is welcome to participate.

The Dialog strives for age, cultural, geographic and socio-economic diversity among participants.

Quick Links


  • Overview Document Link opens in a Pdf Document

    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.

  • Contact Information

    Deb Whitall, USDA Forest ServiceUSDA Forest ServiceEmail: dwhitall@fs.fed.usPhone: 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.