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Planning Professor Promotes Collaboration in Forest Restoration

Associate Professor William Butler of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning attended the National Collaborative Forest Restoration Workshop hosted by the U.S. Forest Service in Denver, April 26-28, 2016. He spoke on two panels to deliver research on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), established by Congress in 2010 to fund 10 years of forest restoration projects developed and implemented by various groups working on public lands. Butler helped organize the event as a member of the program advisory committee and served on the keynote panel for a day-long workshop focused on cross collaborative learning within CFLRP.

In Denver, Butler met with the US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to share results of his research on the CFLRP collaborative projects. Butler's work examines how the Forest Service and groups focused on public land projects are navigating the transition from planning to implementation and monitoring in a program that requires a high degree of collaboration. His work related to this project has been published in the Journal of Forestry, Environmental Management, and the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.