Interagency Clearinghouse of Ecological Information

2016 – Social Sciences Forum

USFS Region 6 Social Science Forum

March 8, 2016 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Meeting Objectives:  This event responds to an increased emphasis on using social science to guide forest management decisions.   For the first time in the history of the Pacific Northwest, we will create an opportunity for Forest Service managers to interact with a cadre of social scientists.  Managers in attendance will learn how social science is conducted, how it can be used, and its limitations.  Scientists will gain awareness of high priority information needs.  Together, we will develop a research agenda to inform future landscape planning efforts, including plan revisions.

This workshop was funded in part by a USFS Research BeSmart Grant.  Planning team members include: PNW Research Station:  Dale Blahna, Bob Deal, Jamie Barbour; NFS R6 Planning:  Lis Grinspoon; OSU:  Michael Nelson, Emily Jane Davis, Gregg Walker, Troy Hall, and Hannah Gosnell; UofO:  Cass Moseley; UofW:  Stanley Asah; NFS R6 Leadership:  John Allen, Tracy Beck, and Stacey Forson.  Coordination for this event was provided by the Central Cascades Adaptive Management Partnership, an interagency group dedicated to providing opportunities for scientists and managers to interact on important issues.


Welcome! - Cheryl Ann Friesen, Science Liaison, Willamette National Forest

Why we need to integrate social science into natural resource planning: my experience as a guy who crossed over from research to management. - John Laurence, Retired USFS

Let’s start the day with a success story! The journey to go beyond the science of how ecosystems tick --- the human element. - Stanley Asah, Associate Professor, University of Washington and John Allen, Forest Supervisor, Deschutes National Forest Service

Social sciences unveiled: How do scientists explore a field so cross-cutting and many facetted? - Cass Moseley, Research Professor and Director, Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon

Studying the ethical dilemmas of natural resource management. - Michael P. Nelson, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Studying how humans interact with natural resources. - Troy Hall, Department Head, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Studying the public’s expectations of Forest managers. - Bruce Shindler, Professor Emeritus, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Studying methods for successful collaboration with the public. - Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Studying how to value natural resources, from traditional metrics to qualitative approaches of Ecosystem Services. - Bob Deal, Research Forester and Ecosystem Services Team Leader, PNW Research Station, Portland and Nikola Smith, Ecologist, USFS, Region 6, State and Private Forestry and PNW Research Station

Mapping human values to guide landscape management decisions. - Lee Cerveny, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Seattle and Mike Schlafmann, Public Services Staff Officer, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Integrating social sciences into the Tongass National Forest Plan amendment. - Jean Daniels, PNW Research Station, Portland; Nicole Grewe, R10 Economist

Summarizing Group Discussions - Cheryl Friesen, Science Liaison

Where to from here: transforming barriers into opportunities. - Katherine Smith, Assistant Director,
Pacific Northwest Research Station & Stanley Asah, U of W