Subject Expertise: Land
(2003) In partnership with Laura Bachle of Confluence Consulting, Frank Dukes and Karen Firehock of IEN designed and offered training in mediation and group facilitation for the City of Baltimore Planning Department in Fall 2003. This initial training, offered over a period of three weeks,was part of a larger project to develop a mediation and consensus building capacity within the Department. The project was funded by the Maryland Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), and the IEN-Confluence Consulting team was selected in response to a request for proposals. The project goals were as follows... Continue reading →
(1999 - 2003) The IEN assisted the Meridian Institute to coordinate a process chaired by the US Forest Service that was measuring sustainable forestry practices in the United States. The Roundtable for Sustainable Forests used an internationally developed set of seven criteria and 67 indicators of sustainable forests. The IEN assisted with facilitating a communications and outreach committee, facilitating Roundtable meetings and workshops, and developing communication materials in collaboration with project partners. The outcomes from these workshops was used to develop a national report on... Continue reading →
The IEN facilitated a working group to enhance public involvement with the National Forest Management Plan's most recent revision. Similar work has been conducted in Tennessee, Indiana, and other forests located in Virginia.
(1998) IEN facilitated a strategy development process for the implementation of new EPA policies aimed at making state and local more efficient in the use of available resources.
IEN facilitated an interagency strategic planning workshop for offices coordinating non-point source pollution efforts in the state.
(1994) Through a series of mediated discussions, IEN assisted the U.S. Forest Service and two state agencies responsible for the gypsy moth population control program to reconcile funding and administrative issues.
(1999) The IEN was asked by the Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee on the Impact of Satellite Chip Mills to conduct an assessment of the issues and prospective actions concerning chip mills in Virginia. IEN staff interviewed stakeholders and researched events and findings in other states. These results were presented to the Subcommittee along with some suggestions for ways in which the they might proceed.
(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 →