page lists who is researching, practicing, and assisting in
work related to community-ecosystem stewardship.
Who is Doing
Stewardship Research and Providing Assistance?
Committee of the Seventh American Forests
Congress is a diverse group of people from across the United States
who believe local participation in stewardship of natural resources is
critical to both forest ecosystem health and community well-being. The
Committee is comprised of urban foresters, environmental activists,
private forest landowners, civil servants, forest stewardship
practitioners, professional foresters, forest industry
representatives, academics, and researchers. The Communities Committee
works through partnerships with like-minded organizations and its task
groups in five areas: policy, communications,
and indicators and monitoring.
Based Collaboratives Research Consortium offers a wide range of
information about collaborative efforts involving natural resource
issues and community development. The CBCRC is a national network
comprised of researchers, mediators and facilitators, government
agencies, community and environmental groups and others. Teh
Consortium provides a venue for researchers, community groups,
government agencies, funders, and individuals to share their research,
find out about new developments and studies concerning community based
collaborative groups adn work in partnership with others on research
projects. The Institute of Environmental Negotiation at the University
of Virginia maintains the web site for the Consortium.
of Conservation Economy is a Website hosted by Ecotrust that seeks
to understand the patterns which organize a conservation economy that is
restorative. The site is offered to individuals, businesses, and
communities as a framework for sustainability.
Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy works to promote
effective, collaborative decision making processes by providing services
to projects that use information-based tools to address the health of
their environment and the people in it.
Institute for Environment and Natural Resources (University
of Wyoming) — This
partnership among more than 200 research faculty, environment and natural resources leaders, and the
University of Wyoming advances effective, collaborative decision-making
on environmental and natural resource issues.
for Policy Research, Northwestern University is an
interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 to
stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant
public policy issues and to disseminate the findings. Links to working
papers are provided in several topics, some of which should interest those
involved in stewardship.
Long-Term Ecological Research Network
is a collaborative effort involving more than 1100 scientists and students
investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial
Mountain Institute combines
community economic development with biodiversity and resource conservation
in its projects. It's Community-Based
Tourism for Conservation and Development: A Resource Kit is a
useful resource to stewardship efforts.
Murie Center in Moose, Wyoming bring together people from many
backgrounds, from all over the world for dialogue and collaborative
Natural Resources Law Center (University of Colorado)
— This non-profit research and educational organization
is committed to
improving the governance and management of water and land resources in the
western United States.
of Community Services - This
community study and assistance program at Fort Lewis College in Durango,
assists rural communities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit
organizations by facilitating and coordinating projects in planning, historic
preservation, community-public land policy and stewardship, and human services.
Nature, Education for Sustainability
Sonoran Institute — The Institute was
established to fill a need in conservation movement for
strategies that address both environmental issues and community concerns.
Its Website's "Main Street" on its Community
Stewardship Exchange page is inviting.
Center for Studies in Public Policy (University of Arizona) -
The Udall Center facilitates, analyzes, and provides
options for solving issues related to American
Indian policy, environmental conflict and policy in the Southwest, and the
for National Renewal
Partnership is a community-based project involving
industry, conservation groups, natural resource agencies, and residents
cooperating to encourage and facilitate the use of natural resource principles
that promote ecosystem health and diversity.
Learning Circle is made up of 17 community
development and sustainable resource management organizations from Northern
California and Southern Oregon experimenting in collaboratively implementing ecologically sound,
community-based redevelopment strategies.
Community Forestry Resource Center
Diablo Trust The Diablo Trust is a
collaborative group of ranchers, environmentalists, agency
representatives, educators, community leaders, and others who for the
last five years have been managing approximately 400,000 acres of
Forest and High Desert land located about 30 miles east of Flagstaff,
Arizona on the Flying M and Bar T Bar Ranches.
Four Corners Sustainable Forests Partnership
Network of Forest Practitioners
Project to Develop Best Practices Guidance for Collaborative Approaches to
National Audubon Society (NAS), The Wilderness Society (TWS) and the Institute
for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) of the University of Virginia are
coordinating a project to develop guidance for environmental advocates who may
consider convening or participating in collaborative processes to address
natural resource issues.
Sustainable Forestry Partnership
Agencies Involved in Community-Public Land Stewardship
Forest Service Rural Community Assistance Program helps rural communities
to build skills, networks, and
strategies to address social, environmental and economic changes.
Rural Development Partnership works
to strengthen rural America through collaborative partnerships by bringing
together partners from local, state, tribal, and federal governments, as well as
from the for-profit and nonprofit private sector.
Resource Management. This web site stems from an
interagency forum for Federal coordination to resolve issues related to
collecting, monitoring, analyzing, reporting, and making data available on
an ongoing basis. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by 11
entities to get involved in a
process for helping Federal agencies develop a national report by 2003 on
the state of the Nation’s forests and progress towards sustainable
Community Stewardship Forum — The National Association of
Counties and the Sonoran Institute have created this partnership to address
the increasing need for innovative community-driven solutions to land-use
issues. It provides training and technical assistance
to county officials in the use of
information, tools, and strategies to address community stewardship goals.
Regional Resource Coordinating Committee
- The RRCC is a collaborative effort in southwest Colorado
of nine regional providers of community and economic services for various community
and public land needs.
The Ford Foundation
- The Ford
contains links to programs, including Education, Media, Arts &
Culture; Assets Building & Community Development; Peace and Social Justice. Its
publications page lists links to its Annual Report, Quarterly Magazine, recent
publications and a catalog for ordering.
Southwestern Ontario Land Stewardship Demonstration Areas Catalogue
is an innovative
project of the Ontario
Stewardship Program which documents practices that improve resource and land
Policy Research Center
Model Forest Network works to foster cooperation and collaboration in
the advancement of management, conservation
and sustainable development of forest resources, through a world-wide network of
working model forests.
Other Unique Sites of Interest
University Research Consortium for Regional Environmental Justice
Measures develops indicators that measure
progress toward a sustainable economy, society, and environment.
Stewardship Community —
in Loveland Colorado, the Stewardship Community's offers examples of appropriate land
stewardship to create a urban and rural food economy based on health and social responsibility.