People on this blog tend to have more interest than the average (Smokey?) bear in NEPA and NEPA improvements and challenges. This seems to be an opportunities for “partners” to participate in Regional (and there are also Forest roundtables). In case you have not been invited, I think you can call and invite yourself. It would be interesting to hear back from attendees and your impressions.
Here’s a handy description, thanks to the National Forest Foundation (page here):
The Forest Service is undertaking an Agency-wide effort to improve processes related to environmental analysis and decision making (EADM). The agency’s intent is to gain efficiencies and effectiveness in these processes while continuing to value diverse stakeholder perspectives.
Join us as we explore challenges and opportunities for improvement and innovation. We invite partners to identify issues and concerns they experience and share their creative ideas and concerns they have about this effort.
The Forest Service will host Regional Partner Roundtables in every region and the Washington Office by March 31, 2018. For more information on your Region’s specific roundtable, click the respective link to the right.
Collect diverse partner feedback to inform EADM processes on local, regional and national scales.
Purposes of EADM Partner Roundtables:
Share why changes are important for achieving the USDA Forest Service mission
Identify, discuss, and capture partner perceptions on barriers and solutions
Explore what roles partners can play moving forward
Support dialogue to strengthen relationships between partners and the USDA Forest Service
Explain how partner inputs will be incorporated from the Roundtable and from participation in the formal rulemaking process
The Why, What and How of the Regional Partner Roundtables
Forest Service EADM Website
As far as I can tell, there is a Sharepoint site to share information and case studies (like the Jasper Mountain case in the photo above), but that is only open to employees?