Subject Expertise: Land
(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 →
(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.
(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 →
(1988 - 1992) IEN facilitated a year-long process for a task force composed of twelve Virginia state agencies to develop a state plan for protecting ground water from pesticides.
(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.