Service Areas: Public Participation
(2000) The IEN facilitated the public participation process for Virginia's new Forest Legacy initiative. Virginia was one of the first southern states to initiate the Forest Legacy program, which was developed to purchase conservation easements for important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Led by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Legacy will be an important tool for preserving Virginia's forests during the anticipated growth in coming years. An intensive public participation process was used to establish the priorities and eligibility criteria for the... Continue reading →
(2007-2011) This three-year project developed a real-time, microcomputer-based system for supporting community consensus decision-making about watershed issues. Led by a multi-disciplinary team at Virginia Tech, this project involved stakeholders from the North Fork of the Shenandoah watershed, representing a wide range of interests including agriculture, government, private business, environmental and utilities. The overall goal was to develop a flexible, practical toolkit that will provide watershed stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to select water quality protection mechanisms... Continue reading →
(1997-1998) IEN facilitated a series of meetings, including a stakeholder meeting, the official public hearing on a proposed draft rule, five days of meetings in Texas, a national meeting focused on public comment from state and Indian Nation representatives, and a series of meetings for the Section 403 regulations, to define \"hazard\" levels of lead content in lead-based paint, as well as in various other lead-containing substances.
(1999) In what is thought to be the first effort to establish a community heritage partnership in Virginia, nearly 200 citizens gathered for a full day in Palmyra, Virginia to talk about how Fluvanna County's historical, natural and cultural heritage could be protected for future generations. The project was initiated by the Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) with a grant from the National Park Service. The IEN worked closely with a citizen steering committee to plan and convene the Fluvanna Heritage Forum and provided facilitators and recorders for the Forum's ten working groups. The... Continue reading →
(1999) Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, IEN developed and facilitated the public involvement process for "Step One" of the "Limits of Acceptable Change Process," which is a systematic nine-step process for wilderness planning which elicits stakeholder guidance at critical planning junctures. The IEN facilitated the first two public meetings and developed a report which identified and summarized the major themes of stakeholder concern.
(1992) IEN facilitated a series of public meetings involving stakeholder groups working to explore the purposes and uses of a controversial proposed study of the Shenandoah National Park's natural and cultural resources.