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SFE Webinar: Early Implementation of the US Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy in the Eastern United States
A free one hour webinar from the University of Georgia, Colorado State University, Southern Fire Exchange, and the University of Florida.

Society of American Foresters CFE Credit Expected.

Destin Kee, University of Georgia
Tyler Aldworth, Colorado State University
Dr. Jesse Abrams, University of Georgia

Webinar Description: The Shared Stewardship Strategy was launched by the U.S. Forest Service in 2018 as a means to promote management across ownerships and jurisdictions in pursuit of common goals regarding restoration, fire risk reduction, and the management of water and other resources. Since that time, 28 states have signed Shared Stewardship memoranda of understanding with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies committing to working in partnership. This webinar reports on findings from preliminary research on Shared Stewardship implementation in seven states east of the Rocky Mountains (AR, FL, GA, MA, NE, NC, TX), focusing on understandings of "Shared Stewardship," perceived opportunities and challenges to working across boundaries, and changes instituted to date. We will also discuss commonalities and contrasts with Shared Stewardship implementation in western states where federal lands are more abundant. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speakers.

Webinar Requirements: A reliable internet connection and speakers / headphones are required to participate. Webinar audio will be broadcast directly to your computer and may be available via a call-in number. See registration email for more details. Webinar participants do not need a microphone or video camera. See the Zoom Help page for more information about the Zoom webinar platform requirements (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us).

Webinar Recording: If you can't make the webinar, look for the recording to be posted on the Southern Fire Exchange YouTube Webinar Archive.

Questions? Contact Us: contactus@southernfireexchange.org

Feb 3, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Jesse Abrams
Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability @University of Georgia
Jesse holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida. Between 2004 and 2007, he worked for the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. After receiving his doctoral degree in 2011, he spent two years as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and five years as a research associate at the Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon.
Destin Kee
Graduate Student @University of Georgia
Destin is pursuing a Master of Science degree at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. In May of 2020, she received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources from Warnell. Her interests are based on the political and social dimensions of natural resource management. Her research will focus on the U.S. Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy, an integrated policy that emphasizes partnerships with the states, tribes, and other collaborators to identify priority areas for management, coordinate work across jurisdictions, and leverage diverse capacities.
Tyler Aldworth
Graduate Student @Colorado State University
I started the Forest Sciences Master’s program in Fall of 2020 after completing my undergraduate degree in Forestry from the University of Montana. After focusing my undergraduate studies in Montana on wildland fire, I decided to attend CSU, where I am researching the US Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy. I’m looking to understand how it is playing out across different states and regions, with the goal of better understanding how land managers might implement effective cross-boundary forest restoration activities to combat the growing ecological crises on our public lands.