Interagency Clearinghouse of Ecological Information

2013 – We Want to Have a Conversation about Natural Resource Issues with the Public: Now What?

An exploration of what social science can tell us.


May 7, 2013

Room 214, Springfield Interagency Office

Snapshot: A healthy relationship between humans and their environment requires ecological knowledge and attitudes. This workshop brings together several social scientists/ethicists/philosophers to explore the basic questions:
Do we hear the public? Do they hear us?

1: Welcome and Overview of the Day

Cheryl Friesen, Science Liaison, and Gordie Blum, Deputy Forest Supervisor

2: What does the public think about the Forest Service? And how can understanding their attitudes help us with our communication and building/keeping trust?

Bruce Shindler, Emeritus Appointment, Forest Ecosystems and Society, OSU

3: How do community/social networks work?

Paige Fischer, Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center

4: Who is the invisible middle? And how can we connect? Example of use and value mapping on the Olympic.

Lee Cerveny, PNW Research Station

5: Collaboration and 'informal power sharing': What does that mean, and why is it important?

Dale Blahna, PNW Research Station

6: How do people make decisions? A recipe of information and emotion.

Michael Nelson, OSU

7: Environmental groups as key stakeholders: how do they think?

James Johnston, formerly of Cascadia Wildlands