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Meridian Institute

Roundtable on Sustainable Forests

External Project Site: www.sustainableforests.net
Related: Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian Institute convened and facilitated the Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (RSF), a multi-stakeholder dialogue focused on shared leadership and learning around the goal of sustainable forest management from 1999 until 2011. The purpose of the RSF was to serve as a forum to share information and perspectives to enable better decision-making in the United States regarding the sustainable management of national forests. RSF participants included representatives of conservation organizations, Native American tribes, and state and local governments, as well as private individuals and corporate and private landowners.


The Roundtable concentrated much of its attention on identifying and evaluating the quality of data that can be used to assess the state of the nation’s forests, as well as providing input to the federal government on the production of two National Reports on Sustainable Forests (produced by the US Forest Service in 2003 and 2010). Through these activities, the Roundtable stimulated a national discussion of sustainable forest management and served as the catalyst for improved collaborative data management relationships among several federal agencies.


Meridian provided strategic and tactical guidance to the Roundtable’s Core Group and coordinated the activities of the Communications and Outreach Work Group. Meridian also facilitated meetings of these groups, as well as national RSF meetings and other smaller subgroup meetings. The project was funded by a grant from the US Forest Service.

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