Monitoring can provide data on individual projects (project-level monitoring) or or the cumulative impacts of an entire restoration program (programmatic monitoring). These data can then be used to foster learning and improve socioeconomic outcomes of restoration through adaptive management. On this page, we provide resources to guide the development of monitoring plans as well as several examples of monitoring reports.
The Quick Guide to Monitoring Economic Impacts of Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship offers simple instructions for monitoring actual economic impacts of restoration including jobs, job quality, and contracting opportunities. This guide is intended for community-based organizations like watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), forest and watershed restoration collaboratives, tribal natural resource managers, and other land managers and agencies who are interested in developing a better understanding of the jobs and economic opportunities that forest and watershed restoration support.
Download a sample Restoration Contractor Reporting Form.
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Other EWP Publications:
Developing Socioeconomic Performance Measures Related to the Watershed Condition Framework
This report outlines strategies for developing new socioeconomic performance measures related to the Watershed Condition Framework and restoration on public lands more generally. The performance measures make use of data the Forest Service already collects, and “score cards” allow local units and their partners to monitor progress in adaptive capacity, economic benefit, and social equity. We hope that this report will help agencies and their partners to develop local performance measures and monitoring frameworks for the social and economic impacts of their efforts. Over time, we hope this report will also foster national dialogue about how to measures socioeconomic outcomes of restoration on public lands.
A Guidebook for Multiparty Monitoring for Sustainable Natural Resource Management
This guidebook is designed to help communities and their agency partners monitor activities related to ecosystem management and community-based forestry, especially the National Fire Plan. This guidebook offers suggestions about how to develop a multiparty monitoring program for:
- Employment results (quality jobs) of restoration and maintenance of public lands
- Utilization of by-products of ecosystem management
- Grants and other investments
- Ecological efforts
It provides examples of the types of questions a multiparty team may wish to ask when monitoring and how to go about answering them. The guide offers examples so that you can develop measures that respond to the needs, problems, and controversies in your area. Using the links below, you can download the portions of the guidebook that fit your needs. The guidebook contains monitoring modules focused on a particular subject area. You can also download matrices that offer suggested measures for each module and worksheets that can be adapted to your data collection plans.