TAC Recommendations Tracking.xlsx
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Forest CollaborativeEncourage/support development of a multi-stakeholder forest collaborative to help maintain the vision of the Amendment. (See pg. 26-27)Secured support and funding from Tongass National Forest, USFS-State of AK Cost Share, and National Forest Foundation. Charter and operating procedures finalized in Dec 2016. Participation expanded to include representatives from TNC, TU, TCSG, etc. Next membership meeting and possible field trip proposed for May 2018.Tongass Transition Collaborative http://www.merid.org/en/tongassimplementation.aspx
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Forest Collaborative Include metrics for partnerships, collaboration, and transparency in line officer performance evaluations.Track EWP's 2014-15 performance metrics pilot; implement recommendations.
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Forest CollaborativeEnter into an MOU b/w FS and collaborative to formalize info exchange and sense of responsibility.Draft developed as part of TAC recommendations. Request signature from Earl Stewart and possibly a representative from State & Private Forestry (e.g., Michael Shepherd)
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Planning for Young Growth ProjectsClear direction to staff to collaborate early and often (for example in the Gate 1 process) for all projects.2 sets of YG field trips in 2016 to demonstrate value of on-the-ground discussions and shared learning. MOU with AFA signed to introduce a more customer-centric approach to sale planning. POWLAT and Central Tongass LLA as examples of engaging community members in identifying projects. Implement landscape-level analyses in Central Tongass and other 3 working circles. Completion of Landscape Inventories (CCSA) to inform scoping dialogue
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Workforce Training and DevelopmentUtilize hiring authories and/or agreements w/ partners to provide local training and workforce opportunities.Forestry Training Academy in 2016 and 2017. 20 students completed the training; 13 hired by USFS, State DNR, and Sealaska, and are satisfied with employment. One has received year-round employment. Workforce catalyst position continues to be funded. Sealaska has been a valuable partner, and has offered a leadership opportunity for their interns to help with crews.Looking for opportunities for year-round employment for graduates (e.g., winter work). Still having trouble with social challenges (e.g., sobriety, etc.) - need exposure to the challenges as well as successes of these programs. Working to secure matching funds for biomass tech training.
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Workforce Training and DevelopmentImplement voc-tech training programs and/or USFS internships for local high school/college students.Additional funding secured for continued workforce development/training. TRAYLS program has been very successful for engaging youth (age 14-21). Identify future projects/opportunities for continued training, particularly focused on youth job skills/work ethics training. Identify location for next year's TRAYLS program.
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Workforce Training and DevelopmentExplore opportunity to work w/ Native carvers to use yellow cedar.
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Coordination with Other LandownersIncrease participation in All Lands Council and/or establish a new group.University of AK Trust in the lead for coordinating/convening the All Lands Group. In progress developing a joint 5-year timber schedule.
Continued convening of the group on a regular basis.
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Coordination with Other LandownersCollaborate/consult with other landowners on Five Year Plan.The All Lands Group is developing a joint 5-year timber sale schedule that will allow for out-year predictions of when sales are happening, where, and by what landowner, organized by young and old growth. (includes Mental Health Trust, State, USFS, and University Trust)All Lands Group to finalize/agree upon 5 year schedule, and ultimately develop a 10 year schedule.
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Coordination with Other LandownersExecute agreements for shared infrastructure among landowners.Pilot project for road-use is emerging on Kosciusko Island, which is creating pressure for a comprehensive agreement on Wrangell Island. Infrastructure maps for all five working circles are under development. The maps are currently in circulation for review and comment. Finalize infrastructure maps. Work on implementing road use agreement as a pilot project.Cost-sharing for road use agreements has been a challenge to secure
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Coordination with Other LandownersProvide shared database access to young growth models.Storymap interactive site complete and active for public access to inventory data (including YG and OG, initially focused on older age-class YG) and maps.https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/home/?cid=FSEPRD570161
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Coordination with Other LandownersWork with researchers to take an all-lands approach to research projects.The all-lands/all-hands group could consider research projects. The group includes USFS, SOA, and MHT.  Their agendas usually include matters of logistics for project implementation.  Socio-economic research is outside their domain of collaboration. Reach out to Dave Harris to discuss options.
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Coordination with Other LandownersBegin working together on the Kosciusko landscape.Multiple field meetings with interested YG Operator and adjacent landowners, indicate interest and potential for long term, mixed ownership operations on Koz. The State of AK was successful in developing a sale on USFS lands through Good Neighbor Authority - in implementation stages now.
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Public Outreach and MessagingCommunicate with the public and engage in dialogue regarding transition progress (includes engaging local/regional collaborative networks, media, community briefings/open houses, etc.)Press release and briefing sheet developed by TTC - circulated to local news media and being used as talking points for DC briefings with USFS WO and Senator Murkowski. Continued engagement/coordination with TCSG and other local collaborative groups (e.g., POWLAT). Materials available on public website - www.merid.org/tongassimplementation. Continued development of press releases, update tracking sheet and website on a regular basis.
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Public Outreach and MessagingPrepare pre- and post-project reports (to include what was planned, positive results/outcomes, and areas not meeting expected outcomes).
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Inclusion, Transparency, and Shared LearningDesign/implement after action review with project collaborators to identify opportunities for improved efficiency/effectiveness.Identify project(s) most useful to review in priority working circles; include non-traditional or non-habitual stakeholders in reviews.
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Engage stakeholders to create planning& implementation efficienciesEngage stakeholders in multi-party planning (project-, landscape-, and forest-levels) using an integrated resource management planning framework.POW Ranger connected with POWCAC to catalyze POWLAT; 25k funded, and pledge to provide information resources as needed. POWLAT planning to provide recommendations on POWLAA within agency's NOI timeline. Facilitator secured. Final meeting of the group in late May 2017.Continued staff and leadership support; clarity about expectations and possible outcomes; clear, consistent, and upfront communication about agency intention, timeline, and scope of authority.
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