assessment of sustainability of our forests

Southern Forest Resource Assessment

led by the USDA Forest Service's Southern Region and Southern Research Station in collaboration with the USEPA, US Fish & Wildlife, TVA, and state forestry agencies of the Southern United States

Assessment Team Meeting

July 18-20, 2000
Union Station Hotel

Nashville, TN

agenda items are linked to notes and progress reports
from the meeting itself wherever possible



Question managers will be one more step along the way to producing their product and will have done so in cooperation with other question managers.


A set of written progress reports and overhead transparencies for the 23 Questions.


Estimated total (up to 50)
The Question Manager for each of the questions (23).
Planning Team members
Interested publics (estimating 10-20)
Dave Radloff, WO
Three facilitators (Don Tomczak, Gerald Wicker, Nancy Walters)

Facility/Equipment Needs:

Meeting room (U-shape for 30 plus 30 chairs observing)
3 or 4 small group meeting areas (2 in large room, 1 in suite, 1 in Boardroom)
Overhead Projector and screen in large room
Flipchart in each room
Name placards (tents) and nametags

Pre-work (Question Managers):

Note:  A data dictionary and glossary are being initiated and will be provided to the QMs before or at the meeting.

Tuesday, July 18

10:00-10:45 am
(45 min)


Process Progress and Update

J. Greis & D. Wear

10:45-11:45 am
(1 hour:
10 minutes per QM,
including Q&A)

QM Progress Reports

6 Question Mgrs

Purpose: To allow QMs to demonstrate progress; to identify critical path issues that could slow down progress
Outcome: The entire Assessment Team is aware of what other QMs are doing and have opportunity for brief interaction.

Note:  Following team interaction on each Question, visitors will be offered brief opportunity to interact.  In interest of time, total interaction to take no more than 5 minutes per Question.

11:45-1:00 pm


1:00-3:00 pm

QM Progress Reports (cont.)

12 Question Mgrs

3:00-3:30 pm


3:30-4:30 pm

QM Progress Reports (cont.)

6 Question Mgrs

4:30-5:00 pm
(1/2 hour)

Common Theme Discussion

Assessment Team

Purpose: To identify common themes uncovered in the course of listening to progress reports that could be addressed in small groups tomorrow.

Outcome: A few common topics have been identified for small group discussion.

5:00 pm

Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, July 19

8:00-8:30 am
(1/2 hour)

Recap and Set-up for the Day

J. Greis & D. Wear

Purpose: To summarize the outcome of yesterday’s discussion and the common issues identified. Review the plan for the day.

8:30-9:30 am
(1 hour)
C & I Crosswalk D. Radloff

Purpose: To provide the national perspective on the need and a process for cross-walking the Montreal Process Criteria  and Indicators with the Assessment.

Outcome: QMs will have a better understanding of the need/desire to do this and will know that someone will be talking to them individually about how it may work with their question.

Process: Presentation and Q&A

9:30-10:00 am


10:00-11:00 am
(1 hour)

Data Management Issues

Assessment Team

Purpose: To discuss data management;  how the data should come, how it will be compiled, etc.

Outcome: The entire Assessment Team has a common understanding about how they are to proceed with data management.

Process: Presentation and dialog.

11:00-12:00 pm
(1 hour)

Defining the Product

Assessment Team

Purpose: To articulate a vision of the final product/publication. 

Outcome: The Assessment Team has a common understanding of the form of the final product, and how their product will fit in the context of the publication.

Process: Presentation and dialog.

Noon-1:15 pm


1:15-2:45 pm
(1 hour, 30 min)

Common Issues Facilitated Discussions-Session 1

There were four breakout sessions:
Forecasting | FIA | History | Water Issues


Purpose: To allow QMs dealing with common issues to work things out in small groups.

Outcome: Clear understanding by subgroups of QMs of how they will proceed regarding the specific common issue discussed.

Process: Facilitated discussion in small groups.

2:45-3:15 pm


3:15-4:45 pm
(1 hour, 30 min)

Common Issues Facilitated Discussions-Session 2


4:45 pm

Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, July 20

8:00-10:00 am

Smaller Area Assessments


Purpose: To adopt criteria (draft) for identifying sub-regional focus area candidates

Outcome: QMs will understand the purpose, assist in developing criteria, and understand their role in identifying candidate areas.

Process: Background Presentation by Planning Committee
Facilitated discussion of criteria and process of candidate identification.
10:00-10:30 am
(30 min)


10:30-12:00 pm
(1 1/2 hours)
The Outlook
   The November Conference
   Next Steps

J. Greis & D. Wear

12:00 pm



Optional Small Group Meeting Time

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