Resilient Ecosystems

RESOLVE has worked on thousands of projects over the past 30 years, helping innumerable stakeholders make public policy decisions collaboratively.

River Recovery: Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee

RESOLVE currently supports the efforts of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee to protect and restore the Missouri River basin. RESOLVE guides the seventy-member forum of representatives from various local stakeholders, American Indian tribes, and state and federal agencies that is charged with creating a shared vision and comprehensive plan for the Missouri River’s recovery. Authorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act, this on-going collaborative forum develops recommendations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the prioritization, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and adaptation of recovery actions in the Missouri River and its tributaries. These cross-stakeholder consensus recommendations are essential to overcoming disputes that would prevent concrete recovery actions for the Missouri River.

Forest Defense: Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects & Diseases

Since 2006, RESOLVE, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, has provided strategic assessment, process design, and facilitation to the Dialogue. The collaborative of non-profits, for-profit corporations, government agencies, landowners, and academic scholars works to protect North American forests from non-native insects and diseases. RESOLVE has helped members develop a shared vision, goals, agenda, and implementation plan. We continue to support the steering committee and six work groups as they move from planning to action.

No Net Loss of Wetlands: National Wetlands Policy Forum

In 1987, RESOLVE convened a forum at the request of the Administrator of EPA to address the growing challenge of wetlands destruction in the U.S. RESOLVE organized and facilitated the twenty-member forum of state and local policy makers, environmental advocacy and industry CEOs, farmers and ranchers, academic experts, and ex-officio members of the five federal agencies involved in wetlands protection and management. The forum resulted in consensus recommendations, including the “no net loss” policy that governs wetland protection programs to this day.

Collaborative Conservation: White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation

In August 2004, President Bush signed an Executive Order to facilitate cooperative conservation in the United States. In 2005, RESOLVE organized a collaborative process for a 1,000-person conference to provide input to federal agencies on the Cooperative Conservation Executive Order. We worked with the Council of Environmental Quality, the Department of Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Interagency Cooperative Conservation Team to implement participants’ recommendations. The process included organizing and facilitating senior policy team meetings to prioritize actions from the conference, conducting a peer review of recommendations to improve agencies collaboration and competency partnering plans, and leading human resource staff to develop next steps.

Water Allocation Agreement: Truckee-Carson Settlement Negotiations

RESOLVE mediated the negotiations for water allocation in the historically contentious Truckee River and Carson River basins to ensure the adequate distribution of this scarce resource. At the invitation of Senator Harry Reid, RESOLVE guided stakeholders to four specific agreements from 1994 to 1995 and created a strong basis for future negotiations. The basins, located in the Lake Tahoe region of Nevada and California, include the interests of agricultural and municipalities, Native American water rights, endangered species, wetlands, and migratory waterfowl.

Sustainable Forests: New Brunswick Forest Collaborative

Since 2008, RESOLVE has facilitated the Forest Collaborative in New Brunswick, Canada. The Collaborative has developed a shared vision of vibrant communities, profitable renewable resource-based industries, and resilient ecosystems. With participation from environmental NGOs, the forest industry, and academia and funding from the Canadian Government, the partners are:

  • developing strategies for conserving important habitats and forest community types across private and public ownerships;
  • increasing forest sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) in New Brunswick through improved communication, participation, and transparency and increasing Forest Stewardship Council certified forest in New Brunswick;
  • developing broader and deeper collaborative leadership skills, knowledge, and practices with institutions in the forest sector in New Brunswick.