Reflections from USDA Forest Service employees on institutional constraints to engaging and serving their local communities

Mae A. Davenport, Dorothy H. Anderson, Jessica E. Leahy, Pamela J. Jakes

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Abstract

Although community relationship building has been recognized since the early 1980s as integral to forest management, it has not been widely supported or adopted. Today, relationship building depends largely on the innovation and commitment of forest supervisors and staff. The institutional environment and its culture play an important role in building capacity for relationship building with communities at each unit, as well as supporting employees' attempts to serve local communities. The research presented takes an in-depth look of the institutional constraints to engaging and serving local communities from the perspectives of 20 USDA Forest Service personnel from three units. Research findings reveal agency, unit, and employee level constraints including, diminished resources, increased departmentalism, staff turnover, and long-distance commuting. We recommend that the Forest Service provides opportunities for successful relationship building efforts and assesses innovative techniques in a Community Partnerships Demonstration Project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume105
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Communities
  • Institutional constraints
  • Relationship building
  • USDA Forest Service

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