Recent federal forest and wildfire policies have increasingly united around a vision of restoring forest resilience in the face of destructive and expensive wildfires driven by altered forest conditions and climate change. But what does resilience mean, what does it take to plan for resilient landscapes, and what other factors complicate the achievement of resilient landscape outcomes? This research investigates how resilience has been operationalized within the U.S. Forest Service, what obstacles to achieving resilience have been identified, and what solutions appear to hold promise for overcoming the complexities of managing for resilience.
This research involved three elements:
- A content analysis of Environmental Impact Statements;
- A survey of USFS staff that have been involved in interdisciplinary planning efforts
- Case studies of three national forests that have recently revised their forest plans
Scientific journal articles:
Thomas J. Timberlake , Courtney A. Schultz , Alexander Evans & Jesse B. Abrams (2020): Working on institutions while planning for forest resilience: a case study of public land management in the United States, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI:10.1080/09640568.2020.1817730