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Collaborative Forest Restoration Workshops

External Project Site: www.fs.fed.us/r3/spf/cfrp/index.shtml
Related: Environment and Natural Resources

The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) was established by Congress in 2000 as a pilot program to fund collaborative, community-based projects to restore forests and fire regimes in New Mexico. The program is administered by the US Forest Service and provides cost-share grants to collaborative groups working on forest restoration projects on New Mexico public lands.

 

From 2003 to 2009, Meridian facilitated a 15-person, multi-stakeholder, federally chartered technical advisory panel that met annually to review proposals for forest restoration projects to be conducted under the CFRP and make recommendations to the Forest Service on which should be funded. Meridian also facilitated two meetings of a panel subcommittee.
 
In addition, in partnership with Rosemary Romero Consulting, Meridian designed and facilitated annual public workshops for the CFRP during this time. Each workshop brought together approximately 200 people, including Tribe members, environmentalists, Forest Service employees, small business owners, youth corps members, and others interested in this highly innovative program. At the workshops, participants heard from the recipients of forest restoration grants, who described their successes and challenges. Participants also assessed the statewide progress of the CFRP and made recommendations for how to improve CFRP implementation in the future.

In 2009, in preparation for the CFRP being rolled out nationwide, Meridian also facilitated a special workshop to gather lessons learned from the New Mexico pilot.