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DOI Department Manual 604 Landscape Level Mgmt Ch2

Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome

US Department of Interior
January 2017

This chapter from the Department of Interior (DOI) Manual establishes Departmental policy in compliance with the Secretary’s Order 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration, and provides guidance to bureaus/offices for implementing measures to conserve and restore the integrity of the sagebrush biome, including greater sage-grouse habitat.



Assessing Stewardship Outcomes and Project Impact for the San Francisco Bay Area Conservation Program

Blue Earth Consultants
November 2016

The overarching goal of the Bay Area conservation portfolio is to protect and preserve native habitat and species in the Bay Area. The Gordon and Better Moore Foundation promotes conservation and protection of Bay Area land and achieves its overarching goal through supporting projects throughout 10 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma. 

In September 2015, the foundation saw the value in an external evaluation that would seek to answer two difficult questions: assessing stewardship outcomes and variability for local lands protected with Moore Foundation funding, and determining the impact of enabling intervention funding. The foundation hired Blue Earth Consultants, LLC (Blue Earth) to conduct the evaluation. Blue Earth served as the prime contractor and led a multi-disciplinary team including sub-contractors Jenn Fox, Jodi M. McGraw (Jodi McGraw Consulting), and Stuart B. Weiss (Creekside Center for Earth Observation). The following report summary includes a synthesis of the evaluation results organized in four main sections: 1) an overview of the evaluation objectives, questions, and methods used throughout the evaluation; 2) a discussion of the overarching impact of the portfolio; 3) a synthesis of results regarding stewardship outcomes achieved by land protection grants; and 4) a synthesis of results regarding the impact of enabling intervention grants.


NPS NRSS Framework, Four Pillars, 2016

National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Framework: Four pillars to guide natural resource activities and investments

National Park Service
September 2016

This framework offers a forward-thinking rationale around which natural resource priorities and investments can be articulated, and provides a basis for current and future strategies. The framework recognizes actions that “hold the line”—those day-to-day natural resource activities in parks that managers must attend to—while embracing the need to equip and position the NPS for an increasingly complex and dynamic future. The framework identifies four pillars that guide the NPS to adapt and respond to continuous change, with a focus on long-term ecological integrity and viability:

  • Holding the Line
  • Managing amid Continuous Change
  • Leveraging for Conservation at Scale
  • Enhancing Stewardship and Science Access and Engagement



Call to Action Item #22 – Scaling Up: 2011-2016 Accomplishments Report and Next Steps

National Park Service

This report provides an overview and successes of C2A Item 22, and also includes invited papers from multiple authors that illustrate the truly collaborative nature of this endeavor as well as next steps as move for-ward into the NPS second century of stewardship and conservation of our nation’s protected lands and waters.

Healing _ Repairing_ Re-imagining Conservation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Healing and Repairing – Re-Imagining Conservation From Where Our Lives Intersect

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Healing and Repairing is a joint project with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to offer observations on a moment when much is evolving in the relationship between people and place in Maine, and to share an essay that respectfully stretches and encourages the hearts and minds of those who care about both. The audience for this essay is people everywhere who think, work and devote their lives to healthy soils, forests, oceans and people. This is a story mostly about Maine; hopefully people from other places will be able to see themselves and their situations within this story.


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Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Science Insights for Natural Resource Investments

Resources for the Future
January 2013

Scientific complexities and uncertainties, interconnections, and the need to coordinate across jurisdictions and scales challenge our ability to address environmental issues. These challenges and their solutions are linked to the attitudes, choices, and actions of individuals, families, communities, businesses, lawmakers, and nations. This report summarizes insights from multiple social and behavioral science research disciplines to shed light on environmental attitudes and corresponding behaviors. We define environmental behavior as the decisions and choices that (a) affect the efficient and effective use of natural resources; (b) reduce waste (energy, water, material, and so on); (c) reduce pollution; and (d) facilitate the management of terrestrial and marine ecosystems to restore, enhance, or preserve these ecosystems, their functions, and interconnected biodiversity.


Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Handbook

Northern Arizona University Ecological Restoration Institute

Collaborative landscape-scale forest restoration on federally managed lands is an exciting, new public process designed to rescue dry, frequent-fire forest ecosystems through land management actions supported by science and social agreements. Such a complex, multi-perspective undertaking involves individuals, communities, organizations, federal and state agencies, and tribes. This handbook aims to serve as a bridge to the many individual and institutional barriers that collaborative groups may encounter in the process.


What is Urban Environmental Stewardship? Constructing a Practitioner-derived Framework

USDA Forest Service
May 2012

The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest region has placed increasing focus on the stewardship of natural resources in urban settings. Stewardship has been described and defined in diverse ways within a variety of contexts, including the philosophical literature of environmentalism, agency program descriptions, and outreach by sponsoring organizations. Constructing a framework to convey the layered meanings of stewardship will help to focus and guide future research.

A cognitive mapping technique was used to elicit responses to the question “What is environmental stewardship?” Semi structured interviews were conducted with representatives of nine Seattle environmental organizations, a group of practitioners who collectively represent over 100 years of experience in the field.


A Big Deal for Conservation, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012

A Big Deal for Conservation

Stanford Social Innovation Review

A group of conservationists, former bankers, and management consultants have imported ideas from Wall Street to create a new way to protect large ecosystems—an approach that may work for other large-scale social projects as well.



Removing Barriers to Restoration

California Natural Resources Agency

Secretary Nichols asked the Task Force to examine four of the most common barriers— the regulatory review process, public funding bottlenecks, personal liability issues, and endangered species/private property issues. The Task Force discussed these barriers from both the landowners’ and the regulators’ points of view, reviewed existing efforts to resolve them, and brainstormed other possible solutions to create incentives and motivate people to do this important conservation work, or perhaps more importantly, to remove the disincentives and barriers for those who already have the desire. The Task Force recommends ten different actions that could reduce these barriers and encourage restoration activities.


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