Projects & Initiatives
National Forest Planning
The Center is focused on the revision of national forest plans throughout the country. Director Martin Nie serves on the U.S. Forest Service’s national advisory committee focused on implementation of the 2012 planning rule. The Center is also collaborating with other organizations to help citizens participate more effectively in the revision of forest plans. This is an important endeavor considering the dozens of national forests that have begun, or will soon begin, the complicated planning process—plans that ultimately shape the future management and direction of national forests.
The Badger Two Medicine
As part of a collaborative effort, the Center is committing its expertise and research abilities to help protect the sacred land, cultural resources, and reserved treaty rights of the Blackfeet Nation in the Badger Two-Medicine area, located adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana. The Center was asked in 2007 to provide a report investigating how the ecologically and tribally-significant Badger Two-Medicine area could possibly be protected and managed in the future. Much has happened since 2007, including renewed threats by proposed oil and gas development. The Center will continue this commitment to the Badger Two-Medicine, providing quality information and analysis to decision makers regarding how the area could be protected and managed in the future.