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1 Redesigning State & Private Forestry

2 Why Change? Forests are being threatened at a scale larger and faster than current programs can address. Pressures on forests and local economies are increasing. State and national budgets are tight.

3 Redesigning S&PF: Brief History Mar-May 06: NASF & FS jointly agree to re-invent S&PF, to better address current issues and interests July 06: List of key threats to forests and public benefits of forests developed Sept 06: Case for change, S&PF Redesign concepts presented at NASF Annual Meeting Nov 06: S&PF Redesign Board of Directors convene; develop guiding principles and components of change Jan-May 07: Board of Directors develop proposals for key components of change. June-July 07: Proposed components of change presented to State Forestry Regional Organizations

4 S&PF Redesign Board of Directors: State Foresters Bill Crapser (WY) Paul DeLong (WI) Carl Garrison (VA) Jim Grace (PA) Jim Hull (TX) Larry Kotchman (ND) Mike Long (FL) Leah MacSwords (KY)

5 S&PF Redesign Board of Directors: Forest Service Ken Arney (Southern Region Deputy RF) Marsha Butterfield (Tribal Relations) Harv Forsgren (Regional Forester, R3) Jim Hubbard (Deputy Chief, S&PF) Larry Payne (USFS, Cooperative Forestry) Mike Prouty (Northeastern Area) Paul Ries (S&PF Director, R4)

6 Purpose Statement The purpose of a redesigned State & Private Forestry is to shape and influence forest land use on a scale and in a way that optimizes public benefits from trees and forests for both current and future generations.

7 Redesign Approach: Focus–Priority–Outcome Focus on national issues and sustaining diverse public benefits. Prioritize using the best available information to assess conditions & identify opportunities. Outcomes are achieved through collaboration, partnerships and working at appropriate scales.

8 Components of Change National Themes National Assessment State Assessments State Response Plans Competitive Resource Allocation Programs & Staffing Demonstrating & Communicating Results Integrated Program Delivery

9 National Themes Sustainable Forestry Tree Production Community Forestry Conserve Working Forest Landscapes Informa tion and Educatio n Conserve Working Forest Landscapes Enhance Benefits From Trees and Forests Protect Forests from Harm

10 National Themes: Conserve Working Forest Landscapes Actions: Reduce forest conversion Inform landscape decisions Strategies: Forest products, woody biomass and environmental services market development. Tax policies, conservation easements, and county planning tools. Other social and economic incentives to encourage retention of forested landscapes.

11 National Themes: Protect Forests from Harm Actions: Reduce threats to forest health and productivity caused by uncharacteristic wildfire; insects and disease; and invasive species. Strategies: Restoration of fire-adapted forests. Monitoring, assessment and treatment of forest insect and disease pathogens. Prevention, early detection and rapid response to invasive species.

12 National Themes: Enhance Benefits From Trees and Forests Actions: Enhance public benefits associated with trees and forests (e.g., clean air and water, habitat, open space, economic attributes etc.) Reduce risks to communities from wildfire Strategies: Urban forestry Watershed planning Enhance community fire protection capabilities Link environmental health with community well-being

13 National Assessment Geospatial assessment of conditions, trends & opportunities across ownerships. Key elements: wildland fire risk; insect & disease impacts; threat of conversion. Will be used to: –Guide planning, prioritization and resource allocation at the national and regional levels. –Monitor, demonstrate and communicate results. Will eventually include partner-accessible, web-based data base.

14 State Assessments Geospatially-based Resource Assessments Describe forest conditions (cross-jurisdictional) Identify forest related benefits and services Highlight trends/issues of concern Delineate high-priority landscapes Outline strategies for addressing priorities Development Timeline: 2008-2010

15 State Response Plans State proposal for investment of competitive federal dollars Collaboratively developed Respond to national priorities as well as those in State Assessments

16 Competitive Allocation Key issue is formula funding THE SOLUTION: Increase the level of competitive federal financial assistance

17 Competitive Allocation: Process 1.National direction and priorities will guide the competitive process. 2.Initial allocation will go to the three geographic regions (NE,W,S). 3.State and federal partners in each geographic region will design a competitive process for allocation of funds.

18 Programs and Staffing: Why Change? Ensure we have the right mix of skills, resources and tools to be successful. Improve program integration. Organize to support the three national themes. Prepare to address issues and opportunities in National Assessment & State Response Plans.

19 Programs and Staffing: The Future? What might this look like? More flexible & adaptable organizations Sharing talent across jurisdictions Programs become tools rather than organizations How do we decide? Engage those affected by changes USFS, State Forestry Agencies, Partners

20 Integrated Program Delivery Purpose: Identify opportunities and outline actions for integrating S&PF delivery with complementary programs administered by other Federal agencies. Example: Alignment in mission priorities between S&PF and NRCS; efforts will be made to move toward mutual delivery of programs and plans.

21 Integrated Program Delivery Other Opportunities for Program Integration: Fire Act Grants (Department of Homeland Security); Rural Economic Development Grants (USDAs Rural Development Agency); Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service programs (APHIS); etc. Next Steps: Strategic choices will be made as to what programs and their administering agencies will be pursued for potential program integration.

22 Demonstrating & Communicating Results Develop reporting system tied to National Assessment. Draft performance indicators for each national theme (Annual Report Card). Develop proposal for strengthening S&PF communication skills.

23 Demonstrating & Communicating Results: S trategic Approach Visual demonstrations of progress –National Assessment Maps Performance elements and reporting –Describe the issue, desired outcome, objectives, performance measures, and progress towards desired outcomes Localized successes –Anecdotal success stories

24 Questions? Comments? For more information, or to share input on the proposed S&PF Redesign, please contact: Paige LewisMelissa Zaksek Redesign Project LeadRedesign Communications (303) 489-6534(505) 842.3289

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