Abrams, Jesse; Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Gosnell, Hannah; Santo, Anna; Duffey, Stacie; Moseley, Cassandra. 2019. Tracking a Governance Transition: Identifying and Measuring Indicators of Social Forestry on the Willamette National Forest. Society & Natural Resources. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1605434
National Forests in the United States have undergone a spatially and temporally uneven governance transition in response to social and economic pressures and contemporary policy changes, with many national forest units moving from a wholly government-led ?dominant federal? model to a more collaborative ?social forestry? model in which nonfederal actors have greater influence and authority. Here we report on an effort to develop a suite of indicators designed to capture some of the most tangible elements of a transition from dominant federal to social forestry modes of governance. We pilot test these data on the Willamette National Forest using data from a variety of sources internal and external to the USDA Forest Service. We assess the suitability of these indicators for tracking governance transitions and discuss their applicability to other national forest units nationwide.
Keywords: Criteria and indicators, environmental governance, public lands policy, forestry management, public involvement and collaboration