The University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment is a center for special, collaborative, and applied research projects. The institute's activities aim to produce information that can help resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain the economies and environmental systems that support their communities.

Institute for a Sustainable Environment projects assist regions and communities in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and around the world. The projects are initiated by faculty and funded by foundations and agencies outside the university. The institute does not have any instructional programs and only employs faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

For more information, visit the web site at: http://ewp.uoregon.edu/

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  • The Forest Service and communities : the relationships between land and people in the Pacific Northwest region. 

    University of Oregon. Ecosystem Workforce Program; United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2016)
    This is a joint project between the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region and the University of Oregon Ecosystem Workforce Program. This project aims to help the Forest Service and its partners better understand ...
  • Restoring resilience at the landscape scale : lessons learned from the Blue Mountains restoration strategy team 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Santo, Anna (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service’s “Eastside Restoration Strategy” aimed to improve forest health conditions by accelerating the pace and scale of restoration on national forests in eastern Oregon and ...
  • Lessons learned from the Blue Mountains restoration strategy team 

    Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Santo, Anna; Davis, Emily Jane; Moseley, Cassandra; Ellison, Autumn (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    In January 2013, the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service initiated the Eastside Restoration Strategy to improve forest health conditions by accelerating the pace and scale of restoration on national forests ...
  • Successes, challenges, and opportunities for collaborative accelerated restoration in Oregon's Blue Mountains 

    Santo, Anna; Davis, Emily Jane; Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Ellison, Autumn (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    The USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) and the Oregon Department of Forestry have made targeted investments to increase the pace, scale, and quality of forest restoration in the Blue Mountains region of eastern Oregon ...
  • Prescribed fire policy barriers and opportunities : a diversity of challenges and strategies across the west 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; Huber-Stearns, Heidi; McCaffrey, Sarah; Quirke, Douglas; Ricco, Gwen; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    We are conducting a project investigating policies that limit managers’ ability to conduct prescribed fire on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the 11 Western states. Our primary objectives ...
  • Accomplishing collaborative, landscape-scale restoration on forests without CFLRP or Joint Chiefs' projects 

    Ellison, Autumn; Coughlan, Michael R.; Kooistra, Chad; Schultz, Courtney A. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    Over the last decade, the U.S. Forest Service has been implementing a series of new initiatives designed to accelerate cross-boundary, collaborative, integrated restoration. Many national forests have applied for and ...
  • Iconic places of the U.S. Forest Service : values, conditions, challenges, and opportunities 

    Ellison, Autumn; White, Eric M.; Arnn, Matthew (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    The purpose of this document is to introduce the reader to the U.S. Forest Service’s iconic places and to provide basic information about the values they protect, their conditions, their management practices, and the ...
  • The Forest Service and partners : working together to restore Pacific Northwest national forests 

    University of Oregon. Ecosystem Workforce Program; United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    Landownership patterns across Oregon and Washington are a diverse matrix, which underscores the complexity land managers and communities alike face in land management in the Pacific Northwest. At the same time, the Pacific ...
  • Collaborative landscape restoration on forests without CFLRP or Joint Chiefs' investments 

    Ellison, Autumn; Kooistra, Chad; Schultz, Courtney A.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    In 2017, we studied two restoration initiatives: the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP). Both programs competitively award multi-year ...
  • Economic activity from the Malheur 10-year stewardship contract : 2015-2017 

    White, Eric M. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    In September of 2013, the US Forest Service awarded a 10-year stewardship contract for restoration work on Malheur National Forest. The contract’s goals were to promote ecological restoration, reduced wildfire risk, and ...
  • Social and economic monitoring for the Lakeview Stewardship Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project, fiscal years 2014 and 2015 

    Rosenberg, Stacy; Ellison, Autumn; Huber-Stearns, Heidi; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2018)
    The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 included the establishment of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program to promote collaborative, sciencebased ecosystem restoration and benefit local ...
  • Strategies for success : the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    In 2017, we studied the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which was established by Congress in 2009 to provide 8-10 years of funding for collaborative implementation of restoration projects on ...
  • Piloting restoration-related social and economic measures on national forests 

    Moseley, Cassandra; Huber-Stearns, Heidi (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Forest and watershed restoration on national forests and grasslands has ecological, social, and economic objectives. Forest Service performance measures have largely focused on outputs associated with land treatments, ...
  • Strategies for success under Forest Service restoration initiatives 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; McIntyre, Kathleen B.; Cyphers, Laren; Ellison, Autumn; Kooistra, Chad; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Over the last decade, the Forest Service has been implementing a series of new initiatives designed to accelerate cross-boundary, collaborative, integrated restoration. Between April-September of 2017, with funding ...
  • Piloting restoration-oriented social and economic performance measures 

    Moseley, Cassandra; Huber-Stearns, Heidi (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Forest and watershed restoration on national forests and grasslands has ecological, social, and economic objectives. Forest Service performance measures have largely focused on outputs associated with land treatments, ...
  • Iconic places of the US Forest Service : conditions and concerns 

    Ellison, Autumn; Johnduff, Michael (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    The US Forest Service manages over 7 million acres of areas protected either by Congress through legislation or by the Executive Branch via proclamation under the authority of the Antiquities Act. These sites are singled ...
  • Successful strategies for forest restoration : the CFLRP and Joint Chiefs Partnership 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    In 2017, we studied two restoration initiatives: 1) The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which was established by Congress in 2009 to provide 8-10 years of funding for collaborative implementation ...
  • Strategies for success : the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership 

    Schultz, Courtney A.; Moseley, Cassandra (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    In 2017, we studied the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP), a partnership between the Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) designed to promote coordinated, landscape-scale ...
  • Rangeland fire protection associations : an alternative model for wildfire response 

    Davis, Emily Jane; Abrams, Jesse; Wollstein, Katherine; Meacham, James E. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wildfires are increasingly common and growing in size across rangelands in the U.S. West. Although fire is a natural component of sagebrush steppe ecosystems, it can also threaten values such as sage-grouse habitat, forage ...
  • Rangeland fire protection associations : an alternative model of wildfire response 

    Davis, Emily Jane; Abrams, Jesse; Wollstein, Katherine; Meacham, James E.; Steingisser, Alethea Y., 1970-; Cerveny, Lee K. (Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2017)
    Wildfires are growing in size, frequency, and severity across rangelands in the U.S. West. Although fire is a natural component of sagebrush steppe ecosystems, it can also threaten values such as sage-grouse habitat, ...

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