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East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains Project

An All Lands Case Study

RVCC’s All Lands case study series illuminates examples of all-lands projects, including how effective partnerships are built and necessary programs, tools, and authorities are acquired and combined. Learn more about this multi-partner project that plans and implements forest restoration treatments that reduce the risk of wildfire and improve forest resilience across 128,000 acres of federal, state, and family forest lands in northeastern Oregon.

Authors: Alyssa Cudmore, My Blue Mountains Woodland Partnership, Wallowa Resources; Emily Jane Davis, EWP/OSU; Karen Hardigg, RVCC; & John Punches, Extension Forester, OSU Extension

Published: May 2019

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Trinity Integrated Fire Management Partnership

An All Lands Case Study

Working across public and private boundaries, or on “all lands”, is essential to address the ecological and economic challenges that communities in the rural West face. The Trinity Integrated Fire Management Partnership is a cross-boundary, multi-partner effort to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health and wildlife habitat by building the local capacity to plan and implement cooperative prescribed burning in northern California. This case study illuminates and details how effective partnerships were built and necessary programs, tools, and authorities were acquired and combined. This study was developed with assistance from the Watershed Research and Training Center (WRTC), interviews with Cal Fire and US Forest Service personnel, and funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

Authors: Emily Jane Davis, EWP/OSU; Nick Goulette, WRTC; & Karen Hardigg, RVCC

Published: February 2019

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ALL-IN: All Lands Learning & Innovation Network Summary

The All Lands Learning & Innovation Network (ALL-IN) is a peer-learning effort that supports successful all lands planning and implementation and improves practice through multiple tools, strategies, and resources and fosters successful projects and outcomes through a multi-pronged approach. Learn more about ALL-IN in this two-page summary. To read our complementary All Lands issue paper, visit our Issue Paper tab.

Published: 2017 - Updated: 2019


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Understanding Good Neighbor Authority

Case Studies from Across the West

Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) is intended to expand federal capacity to implement and plan forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration projects by facilitating partnerships with state agencies. As part of RVCC’s investment in accelerating learning and innovation across rural communities and landscapes, we reviewed the current policy and guidance on GNA, summarized how the authority works, and highlighted early efforts in six Western states. The report also discusses some of the common challenges and enabling conditions for these early efforts, as well as potential implications of the growing use of the authority.

Beyond providing a baseline of information about GNA, we hope this report serves as a starting point to providing future RVCC policy recommendations.

Published: September 2018


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How Do We Accomplish All Lands Management?

Direct Insights from a Survey of Practitioners

Despite significant interest in all-lands management of natural resources, there is a lack of research and information about how these projects actually function. RVCC partnered with Dr. Emily Jane Davis to survey and gather the experiences and lessons learned from all-lands management practitioners in order to improve practice, foster peer learning, and inform supportive policy.


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From Ideas to Actions:

A Guide to Funding and Authorities for Collaborative Forestry

Working across public and private boundaries is essential for addressing the ecological and economic challenges we face in the rural West. This new guidebook is intended to help community based organizations, collaborative groups, agency staff and others improve their understanding and use of existing tools that can facilitate all lands stewardship. It summarizes key NRCS and Forest Service programs (as well as their deadlines and requirements), offers tips and tricks for success, provides Ask an Expert sections, and more.


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Rural Development through Land Stewardship:

Stories from the RVCC Network

USDA Rural Development funds offer up a unique opportunity to catalyze a much needed rural stewardship economy throughout the west. Learn more through case studies featuring RVCC network projects including the Western Juniper Alliance and restoration in Central Idaho.