Webinars

Each year wilderness and conservation groups offer free webinars on contemporary topics in wilderness and wildlands stewardship. If your groups is offering a webinar relevant for this listing, please email Lisa Ronald. Below the list of upcoming webinars. Select webinar recordings are available.

Upcoming Webinars

Forest Service 10 Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge

March 9, 2021, 1-2pm mountain time, Brenda Yankoviak, Forest Service National Trail Program Manager, will talk about the Forest Service’s 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge. The Trail Challenge was announced last February by Forest Service Chief Vicky Christiansen. The Agency is excited to begin implementing the Trail Challenge with partners and volunteers across the country. Over the next 10 years, agency staff will be working closely with partners and volunteers to focus their collective efforts on key actions that will improve trails into the future. Come learn about what this challenge is, how it will work, and how partners and volunteers can get involved.

Pollinator-friendly plants for restoration

March 10, 2021, 10-11am mountain time, Pollinators are essential to the survival and health of natural ecosystems but are declining worldwide. Because of this, there is urgent need to restore pollinators and the services they provide. One way to address this need is to use pollinator-friendly plants in revegetation projects (roadsides, fire rehabilitation, etc.). Researchers assessing the pollinator-friendliness of native plant species have found several plant species that are visited by most pollinator species across a diversity of habitats. These focal-plant species can form a backbone in seed mixes to successfully restore diverse and stable plant and pollinator communities.

Visitor Retention: New and Repeat Visitors: Using Data to Inform Decisions for 2021

March 17, 2021, 11am-noon mountain time, Part of the Society of Recreational Professionals Recovery & Resilience series.

Introduction to Section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

March 17, 2021, noon-1:30pm mountain time, Participants learn how to determine whether Section 7 applies to a proposed project, and what standards should be used to evaluate projects where Section 7 does apply.

Stewardship Corps Case Studies - Pandemic Response and Future Role

March 24, 2021, 11am-noon mountain time, Part of the Society of Recreational Professionals Recovery & Resilience series.

Visitor Use - Data Review from the Pandemic? What to Anticipate for 2021?

March 31, 2021, 11am-noon mountain time, Part of the Society of Recreational Professionals Recovery & Resilience series.

Building Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities

April 1, 2021, 11am-noon mountain timeThe webinar will outline recommendations for developing long term relationship building with indigenous communities as the foundation upon which educational programs, research collaborations, and other initiatives must be co-created. This presentation seeks to define best practices in approach and process for establishing and maintaining effective collaborations with Indigenous communities that respect sovereignty and self-determination and which have application across many types of efforts.

Responsible Recreation - Social Science and Best Practices for On-The-Ground Implementation

April 7, 2021, 11am-noon mountain time, Part of the Society of Recreational Professionals Recovery & Resilience series.

Section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and a Broader NEPA Analysis

April 21, 2021 noon-1:30pm mountain time, Participants learn how to incorporate the Section 7 process into a broader NEPA analysis or permit process for a proposed project.

Outstandingly Remarkable Values of Wild and Scenic Rivers

May 19, 2021 noon-1:30pm mountain time, Participants learn the criteria used to determine whether a value qualifies as an outstandingly remarkable value (ORV) and how to document ORVs.

Steps to Addressing User Capacity on Wild and Scenic Rivers

June 16, 2021 noon-1:30pm mountain time, This webinar covers the basis and rationale for addressing user capacities for WSRs, and outlines a recommended framework with steps for addressing user capacities.