2013 Communities

Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative
- Rogue River Basin, OR

The Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC) is a non-profit organization that works to build public support and agency capacity to effectively manage federal forests of SW Oregon’s Rogue River Basin. Their mission is to improve forest heath and resilience, reduce the risk of uncharacteristic fire to forests and communities, and strengthen regional forest manufacturing and workforce infrastructure. Rogue Basin forests managed by the Rogue River-Siskyou National Forest and Medford District BLM are some of the most globally diverse, and in many cases, have been subject to land-use decisions, past management and fire suppression efforts that have resulted in uncharacteristically dense stands increasingly vulnerable to insects, disease and uncharacteristically severe wildfire. Conflicting policy directives and social divides further complicate future oriented management. SOFRC believes shared understanding promoted through collaborative forest landscape assessment efforts and related implementation will achieve forest restoration success.

 

Norton Bay Intertribal Watershed Council
– Norton Bay, AK

The Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (NBITWC) focuses on the Tribal vision for management and oversight of the Norton Bay Watershed in Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and protecting water resources of the Watershed for the benefit of the Watershed Council’s members and the public. The NBITWC conducts research, education and advocacy related to it’s efforts to protect and restore tribal interest in water quantity, water quality, subsistence uses and water rights for the health of the watershed ecosystem, preservation of cultural identity and the of benefit tribal members. Currently, the NBITWC represents the Elim, Koyuk, Unalakleet & Shaktoolik Native Village Communities.The Watershed Council is currently working with these and other Native Alaskan Tribal Governments drafting a Watershed Assessment of the Tubutulik River watershed and working to promote environmental justice policies and practices related to management of water and subsistence resources.

 

Santa Fe Watershed Association
– Santa Fe, NM

Established in 1997, the Santa Fe Watershed Association works to build vibrant, resilient ecosystems within the Santa Fe River Watershed using a holistic approach of restoration, education, stewardship, and advocacy. We build alliances among decision makers, community members, business owners, and other organizations to promote smart resource planning and use, especially regarding water, within the watershed.

As part of their recent growth, SFWA has initiated an adult Climate Masters program, including ten weeks of carbon reduction education and 30 hours of community carbon reduction service.

Their advocacy activity has also grown include a leadership role in the planning for water equity in a number of lower watershed communities and taking an active role in Santa Fe County’s Sustainable Land-use code building process and the City of Santa Fe’s updating of their Treated Effluent Management Plan as well as collaborating on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning processes.

 

Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust
– Marquette County, MI

A participant in our 2011 program for Alger County, Michigan, The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) returns in 2013 to lead the Adaptation Plan Development for Marquette County.  SWP is an award winning Great Lakes non-profit organization that has set national records for pollution prevention and implements innovative, science-based programs that achieve documented environmental, economic and educational results. The SWP staff includes biologists, planners, technicians and educators who provide creative, science-based solutions for a wide range of Great Lakes challenges facing communities and watersheds across the Upper Peninsula. The SWP Mission: to protect and improve the natural resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a watershed basis; by promoting responsible individual and community actions that ensure a sustainable environment, encourage a sustainable economy and help improve quality of life.

 

Common Waters Partnership
– Upper Delaware River Basin, NJ/NY/PA

Common Waters is a regional partnership of public and non-profit organizations and agencies focused on supporting the development of sustainable communities and working landscapes in the Delaware River watershed, primarily upstream of the Delaware Water Gap. Its primary focus is providing good scientific information at a regional level and encouraging cross-boundary communication. The mission of the Common Waters Partnership is to conserve clean water, natural places, and working lands through cooperation, scientific research, education, and technical assistance by and for the stakeholders of the region. The partnership strives to facilitate information sharing through joint publications, shared web-delivery systems and establishment of a communications network across municipal, county, and state boundaries via regular forums and cooperative projects.  The Common Waters Partnership is facilitated by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and has held quarterly meetings since its inception in 2007.

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