Sierra Cascades Dialog - Session #10

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Sierra Cascades Dialog - Session #10

Time: May 30, 2013 from 10am to 3:30pm
Location: Lions Gate Hotel
Street: 3410 Westover St.
City/Town: Sacramento
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Event Type: meeting
Organized By: Deb Whitall
Latest Activity: May 22, 2013

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Session 10: Bioregional Assessment Draft Report


Please join the tenth in a series of Dialogs to discuss a range of critical issues that affect the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades and people who live, work, and recreate there. The Dialogs focus on the future of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades regions, specifically the national forests. The goal is to provide an opportunity for mutual learning, aligned actions, and understanding different perspectives.

On May 30, the Dialog will concentrate on the draft report for the Bioregional Assessment. The “assessment” is part of the initial work underway as the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests revise their forest plans. The Bioregional Assessment Report focuses on existing conditions and trends for the entire Sierra Cascades. The draft Report is succinct, integrating information from the 15 topical papers on Our Living Assessment, an online Wiki web site.

Each forest will be able to draw on the Bioregional Assessment Report as a foundation for revising the forest plans. Each forest will also conduct its forest-level assessment report in addition to the Bioregional. The deadline for providing information to be considered in the draft report is June 15, 2013.

Comment Wall

Comment by Don Yasuda on May 22, 2013 at 10:03am

The Draft Bio-Regional Assessment webpage is:

The direct link to the document in pdf format is:

Comment by Erica Schachtell on May 8, 2013 at 1:09pm

Updated Agenda:

Preparation: Participants will need to read the Draft Bioregional Assessment Report and become familiar with the Living Assessment


Welcome and Dialog Overview

Deb Whitall, Region 5, US Forest Service

  • Why Dialog?
  • How do Dialogs influence the Forest Service?


Introductions, Working Together & Agenda Review

Gina Bartlett, Facilitator, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento


Forest Plan Revision Overview and the Bioregional Assessment

Deb Whitall, Region 5, US Forest Service

  • Planning Overview
  • Purpose of the Bioregional and Forests Assessments
  • Transition from the Wiki to the Report
  • Major Themes from the Report


Table Top Discussion


Questions for the Presenter



Sacramento: Lunch Provided

Bishop: Bring your Own Lunch


Small Group Discussions Organized by Theme


Station Session 1

  • 5-Minute Introductory Highlights
  • Clarifying Questions & Discussion

Participants can select two stations over the course of the afternoon. Each station will focus on a particular theme from the report.



Station Session 2

  • 5-Minute Introductory Highlights
  • Clarifying Questions & Discussion




Large Group Discussion – Insights and Feedback on the Draft Report


Meeting Evaluation & Wrap Up

Deb Whitall, Social Scientist, Region 5, US Forest Service


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