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Restoration Partnerships: Lessons Learned by Scott Harris
- Wading in Deep – Lesson Learned from Partnering with the Forest ServiceScott HarrisWatershed Program ManagerSitka Conservation Society Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
Context• Sitka Conservation Society – Formed 1967 – West Chichagof Yakobi Wilderness Area – Tongass Pulp Politics – Transition – Mission – Approx 800 members
Context• Community of Sitka – Formed ?? – Native and Russian history – 8,800 – Economy: Govt/Health Care Seafood Tourism
Starrigavan Forest Restoration• Multiple resource and community objectives• Completed 5 acres of restoration thinning in 2011• Provided 2 local jobs• Provided 68 cords of firewood• Established student- based monitoring program
Sitkoh River Restoration• Objectives Pt 7 restore hydrologic function, aquatic habitat, and floodplain complexity• AKSSF Grant Fall 2010• Design Spring 2011• Work to be completed Summer 2012• Phase 1: restore stream to natural channel• Phase 2: add woody debris
Case Studies Local Scale Contract Partners Contracting Agreements Funding preference? NationalStarrigavan Forest Forest 5.5 acres $8,000 SCS, USFS SCS previous MOU yesRestoration Foundation, SCS Cost-share, USFS, ADFG SCS, Trout Cooperative,Sitkoh River Sustainable 1 stream mile $320,000 Unlimited, USFS, USFS Collection, noRestoration Salmon Fund, ADFG Statement of TU, SCS Work Estimate of “unplanned” overhead Time to secure agreements (for SCS only, prior to starting work) Starrigavan Sitkoh N/A 0 $ $ 7,600months 9 and counting Community-Based Watershed Management Forum Juneau, Mar 9. 2012
Lessons Learned (1 of 4):Contract held by non-profit entity (Starrigavan example)Advantages Disadvantages• More flexible • Increased liability for non-• Potential for local profit preference • Need for up-front funds if• Coordination is with local FS cost-reimburseable District • Smaller scale• More efficient • Possible need for additional technical expertise
Lessons Learned (2 of 4):Contract held by USFS (Sitkoh example)Advantages Disadvantages• Reduced liability for private • Complicated coordination organization with multiple departments• Increased oversight by • Increased staff costs responsible agency • Decreased flexibility with• Greater technical expertise contracting• Ability to leverage federal funds
Lessons Learned (3 of 4):For non-profits• Determine capacity and patience for either type of contracting. Develop capacity if desired• Determine maximum scale for either type of contracting• Understand federal oversight and empathize with your federal partners• Respect different mandates• Understand and organize different fiscal years• Learn from case studies in other regions• Minimize staff turnover• Challenge norms and paradigms – educate your constituency• Find your hero/heroine – relationships are everything!
Lessons Learned (4 of 4):For agencies• Create a inter-disciplinary project team, and meet regularly, that includes Grants & Agreements and Contracting departments• Consistently communicate with partners, even consult them regarding seemingly routine activities• Communicate administrative obstacles to partners• Get key players out in the field• Learn from case studies in other regions• Challenge norms and paradigms – educate your constituency
What’s Next• Partnership Capacity Building Task Force• Purpose: Develop Tongass NF and partner capacities to make partnerships more effective – Scott Harris, SCS – Greg Killinger, USFS Tongass NF – Jason Anderson, USFS Petersburg District – Karen Hardigg, The Nature Conservancy – Bob Christensen, SEAWEAD – Norm Cohen, The Nature Conservancy – USFS Grants & Agreements and Contracting