Collective Activities

SWERI: A Collaboration-minded and Results-oriented Organization
The following list is an example of SWERI activities:

  • Each of the SWERI units cooperates with other partners and the U.S. Forest Service on CFLRA-funded projects to develop and prioritize restoration-based, landscape-scale treatments that use the best available science and a collaborative process. The ERI is a key partner in the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, a project designed to introduce large-scale forest restoration to the four national forests in Arizona. Likewise, the NMFWRI actively works on the Southwest Jemez Mountains project in New Mexico, while the CFRI supports two CFRLA projects—the Colorado Front Range and the Uncompahgre Plateau.
  • The NMFWRI is conducting applied research to develop socio-economic indicators for restoration projects, including those at the landscape level, as well as partnering with communities to develop restoration-based economies upon which stand, watershed, and landscape-level restoration efforts depend.
  • The SWERI convened a panel of scientists and land managers to develop a simple, yet robust, set of biophysical monitoring variables that can be simply measured by practitioners to adaptively inform management practices. This workshop was convened in response to concerns expressed by land mangers that monitoring goals could not be met due to the amount of resource required to adequately track the effects land management treatments. A PDF of this workshop is available from the ERI.
  • The CFRI, in partnership with Colorado State Forest Service's COWOOD program, contributes to the small-diameter wood utilization problem by co-sponsoring networking workshops to bring wood producers and users together, by contributing to analyses linking available wood supply from current and proposed treatments with existing wood utilization infrastructure, and by disseminating wood biomass utilization information to collaborative forest health partnerships.
  • Each of the SWERI units produces publications that address issues relevant to land management, policy questions, collaboration, climate change, ecological economics and job creation, and monitoring.
  • The SWERI works with its partners across the Intermountain West in a variety of ecosystem types—ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, aspen, pinyon-juniper—to help solve complementary ecological and socio-economic issues (e.g., the Applegate landscape scale restoration project in Oregon).