This book assesses the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and identifies lessons learned for governance and policy through this new and innovative approach to collaborative forest management.

Unlike anything else in US public land management, the CFLRP is a nationwide program that requires collaboration throughout the life of national forest restoration projects, joining agency partners and local stakeholder groups in a kind of decade-long restoration marriage. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the governance dynamics of the program, examining: questions about collaborative governance processes and the dynamics of trust, accountability and capacity; how scientific information is used in making decisions and integrated into adaptive management processes; and the topic of collaboration through implementation, an underdeveloped area of collaborative governance literature. Bringing together chapters from a community of social science and policy researchers who have conducted studies across multiple CFLRP projects, this volume generates insights, not just about the program, but also about dynamics that are central to collaborative and landscape approaches to land management and relevant for broader practice.

This volume is a timely and important contribution to environmental governance scholarship. It will be of interest to researchers and students of natural resource management, environmental governance, and forestry, as well as practitioners and policy makers involved in forest and ecosystem restoration efforts, and collaborative natural resource management more broadly.

chapter |17 pages

Introduction – the changing landscape of collaborative forest restoration

ByCourtney A. Schultz, William H. Butler

chapter 1|25 pages

Collaborative forest landscape restoration in action

An overview of the CFLRP cases
ByWilliam H. Butler, Bryce Esch

part I|1 pages

Collaborative governance dynamics

chapter 2|14 pages

Trust ecology and collaborative natural resource management

ByMarc J. Stern, Kimberly J. Coleman

chapter 3|19 pages

Navigating accountability tensions in collaborative ecological restoration of public lands

ByRachel A. Christensen, William H. Butler

chapter 4|18 pages

Creating and sustaining collaborative capacity for forest landscape restoration

ByClare M. Ryan, Lauren S. Urgenson

chapter 5|5 pages

Commentary on collaborative governance dynamics

ByEmily Jane Davis

part II|1 pages

Science and adaptive management in collaborative restoration

chapter 6|16 pages

From conflict to shared visions

Science, learning, and developing common ground
ByEric Toman, Emily H. Walpole, Alexander Heeren

chapter 7|18 pages

Challenges and opportunities for collaborative adaptive management in forest landscape restoration

ByAntony S. Cheng, Gregory H. Aplet, Amy E.M. Waltz

chapter 8|17 pages

Use of scientific information to inform decision-making on CFLRP projects

ByMelanie M. Colavito

chapter 9|5 pages

Commentary on science and adaptive management in collaborative restoration

BySusan Jane M. Brown

part III|1 pages

Collaborative implementation

chapter 10|17 pages

Collaborative implementation

Implications for adaptive management and restoration
ByWilliam H. Butler, Ashley Monroe, Sarah McCaffrey

chapter 11|17 pages

Participating in collaborative implementation

The role of collaborative history and context
ByHannah A. Bergemann, Courtney A. Schultz, Antony S. Cheng

chapter 12|17 pages

Policy design to support collaborative landscape restoration

Lessons from the CFLRP
ByCourtney A. Schultz, Kathleen B. McIntyre

chapter 13|5 pages

Commentary on collaborative implementation

ByRichard D. Margerum

chapter |19 pages

Conclusion – the future of collaborative forest restoration

Scholarship, policy, and practice
ByWilliam H. Butler, Courtney Schultz