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 Action:

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.