Case Study: The White Mountain Stewardship Contract

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Category: Sociopolitical Research

Title: Case Study of a Community Stewardship Success: The White Mountain Stewardship Contract

Author: * Abrams, J.B., Burns, S.

Subject: ERI - Issues in Forest Restoration, Management

Abstract: Stewardship contracting is a recent innovation in federal land management designed to address land stewardship needs through collaboration with local communities. The White Mountain Stewardship Contract (WMSC), which is focused on restoring ponderosa pine forests in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) in east-central Arizona, is the nations largest stewardship contract to date, and the first to commit to the maximum duration of ten years. After two-and-a-half years of implementation, the WMSC is credited with helping to restore forest health, protect vulnerable communities, and revitalize local wood products businesses, and has received strong support from a broad spectrum of local stakeholders. These accomplishments are particularly impressive given the fact that less than a decade ago the White Mountains region was mired in a shut down of forest activities, characterized by social division over forest management issues, local mill closures, and an inability to implement most forest management efforts. This case study examines how community members, business owners, and agency employees were able to transition from community gridlock to broad-based support for the most ambitious forest stewardship plan in the National Forest System.

Date: 2007

Type: ERI White papers

Source: ERI–Issues in Forest Restoration

Identifier: 21p.

Publisher: NAU Ecological Restoration Institute,

Format: PDF

Language: English