Appeal Assessment Tool for Resource Managers
Full Title: A "Cradle to Grave" Evaluation of Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forest Projects and Appeals: Developing an Appeal Assessment Tool for Resource Managers.
The USDA Forest Service uses a common, multi-step process that includes public participation to develop forest management projects and make long-term land management decisions on national forest lands. However, forest managers currently lack a process to truly assess how public participation processes affect stakeholders' decisions to file administrative appeals and litigation against forest management practices after final management decisions have been made. This research will assess the value of public input and collaboration prior to final land management decisions and analyze how the handling of that public process affects whether stakeholders later file administrative appeals. Researchers will review forest management project records from both the Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forests, interview Forest Service personnel, and survey and interview relevant public participants to better understand the factors affecting stakeholders' decisions to ultimately file appeals and litigation against forest management decisions. Researchers will use the results of the study to develop an assessment tool that federal and state forest managers may use to better allocate resources to reduce future administrative appeals and litigation.
Northeastern States Research Cooperative