Upper Mississippi River Forest Partnership Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
Northeastern Area, S&PF
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
The organization has three levels:
The Advisory Committee provides the Partnership policy direction and support. It consists of the State Foresters of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, and the Northeastern Area Director.
The Partnership Steering Committee is the fiscal and operations agent of the Partnership. The committee develops work plans, tracks project implementation, prepares reports, and is responsible for agency collaboration. The Upper Mississippi Forestry Partnership coordinator and an appointed chair person lead the steering committee. The committee is composed of representatives from the state forestry agencies, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Ducks Unlimited. The committee meets three times a year.
The purpose of the working groups is to provide advice and direction as to how the UMFP addresses key issues and facilitates information sharing between partners. Currently there are four working groups comprising a variety of federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners. New working groups will be added as the need arises.
Stakeholders Meeting: A Call to Action
- Improve Migratory Bird Habitat
- Sustainable Forests
- Healthy Bottomland Forests
- Relationship Between Forests and Clean Water
February 28 – March 1, 2006
Summary Report of Upper Mississippi Regional Roundtable
March 23-24, 2004
Participants in the Roundtable gained a greater understanding of the opportunities and challenges they face in managing forests sustainably and the opportunities partnership might offer. The Roundtable objectives were:
Notes from First Stakeholder Meeting
- Recognize the capacity of the national report, The State of the Nation's Forests, to guide national-level discussions and recognize the value of sustainable forest management criteria and indicators to local and regional efforts.
- Learn about the status of Upper Mississippi River forests in relation to sustainable forest management criteria: biodiversity, forest productivity, forest health, soil and water conservation, carbon cycling, social and economic impacts, and forest policy and law.
- Exchange concerns, ideas and suggestions about the social, economic and ecological needs of the Upper Mississippi River and its forests.
- Provide input to an action plan to make the Upper Mississippi River and its forests economically, ecologically and socially viable at the national, regional and local scales.