Subject Expertise: Land
(1998 - 1999) In a two-year effort, the IEN facilitated and mediated a consensus building effort for the Bryan Park Interchange Advisory Committee (BPIAC). BPIAC was convened by the Virginia Department of Transportation to provide citizen input on how it would deal with the increasingly congested intersection of I-95 and I-64 through the next 20 years. The project is seen by some as a new experiment in the way VDOT engages citizens in public involvement. BPIAC concluded its work in October 1999 with a consensus report, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth in its breadth and scope. The... Continue reading →
(1999) IEN planned and mediated a one-day session for management staff of the Shenandoah National Park, which resulted in the development of a management strategy for the Big Meadows area on Skyline Drive. Issues involved how to address multiple concerns for preserving the historical, cultural, and rare natural resources at Big Meadows while being sensitive to needs and anticipated views of the visiting public. The management strategy was subsequently implemented.
(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.
(1998) IEN convened and facilitated a series of meetings of key stakeholders to find creative ways to preserve open land in Virginia. Several mechanisms were identified which might establish a steady source of funding for conservation easements and conservation land acquisition. These meetings led to the development of the Conservation Land Coalition, which successfully lobbied for the passage of state legislation that establishes a state fund to purchase conservation easements.
(2006) IEN assisted the City of Newport News and the Virginia-recognized Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes with the mitigation of impacts to culturally important sites affected by the proposed King William Reservoir.
(1992 - 1993) Working with representatives from the University of North Carolina, local governments, citizen groups, and aviation advocacy organizations, IEN convened a group to address operational and relocation options related to a University-owned airport.
National Assessment of USFS Travel Management Planning: Challenges, Recommendations, and Best Practices for Public Involvement
(2009) IEN was contracted in the fall of 2008 by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to undertake an independent assessment of the U.S. Forest Service travel management planning process. The goal of this assessment was to offer specific recommendations to Forest Service personnel while they worked to complete travel management planning throughout the national forest system. The assessment culmintaed in a report that provided value and guidance to those citizens who were engaged as members of the public in the planning processes. Drawing on lessons from individual... Continue reading →
(1993) IEN convened a group of diverse stakeholders and mediated a meeting charged with exploring mutually acceptable alternatives to the proposed timber projects in a sensitive 14,000 acre area.
IEN staff provide frequent assistance to environmental and civic nonprofits as well as to local governments. Strategic planning facilitation has been provided for numerous nonprofits. A few examples include the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Western Virginia Land Trust, the Virginia Conservation Network, the Virginia Water Monitoring Council, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, the Blue Moon Fund, and the Archaeological Society of Virginia. Facilitation of public meetings that are anticipated to be difficult is another form of assistance. A few examples include a Culpeper... Continue reading →