A New Plan for Oregon State Forests — Protecting Endangered Species and Timber Harvests

This month, the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously voted to continue developing the Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) — a 70-year plan that balances the protection of endangered species and timber harvest. Over the past two years, Kearns & West led all of the stakeholder engagement and policy- and science-level facilitation for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) as it explores options to both promote financial viability and conserve endangered/threatened species in Oregon’s state forests through the development of an HCP. Kearns & West staff Deb Nudelman, Sylvia Ciborowski, and Michelle Bardini worked alongside ICF and Oregon Consensus in this effort.

We congratulate ODF on this major milestone as the HCP moves forward with the aim of providing improved management of Oregon’s state forests. Learn more here: https://oregonforestry.wpengine.com/2020/09/23/odf-develops-draft-habitat-conservation-plan-for-western-oregons-state-forests/

Kearns & West Leadership

A lighter moment for the Kearns & West principals, during a weekly management team meeting.

The management team has stayed connected over virtual meetings — but in-person meetings are missed! A goal of the partnership track at Kearns & West is to make available to all interested staff the opportunity to become a principal.

From left to right starting from the top: Kent Schwartz, Joan Isaacson, J. Michael Harty, Anna West, Eric Poncelet, Sharif Ebrahim, Debra Nudelman, and Jason Gershowitz.

Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study

Congratulations to Los Angeles for taking on one of the most important yet complex renewable energy studies in the world — the Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study, or “LA100” for short. Final results and reporting are on the horizon. Check out this new video that explains LA100’s purpose, scope, and progress towards advancing a clean energy future. Kearns & West has been with LA100 since the beginning, facilitating the Advisory Group process — in-person and virtually — and contributing input on broader public outreach and communications, working closely with the LADWP and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. If you watch the video, you’ll see Joan Isaacson, Kearns & West Principal, and Senior Facilitator, in action during an earlier (and pre-COVID 19) Advisory Group meeting!
Learn more about LA100: https://lnkd.in/gEXxjhW

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Engagement and Risk Coordination Program

Kearns & West recently facilitated a virtual workshop for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Engagement and Risk Communication (CERC) program in coordination with Resilience Action Partners (Michael Baker and Ogilvy). Nearly 75 local, state and federal agency participants identified best practices for working across departments and improving collaboration.

Kearns & West also continues to work with Resilience Action Partners to support FEMA CERC Risk MAP mitigation outreach efforts in California, Arizona, Nevada, the Pacific Region, and the mid-Atlantic Region. See a few of FEMA’s outcomes (link: https://www.fema.gov/flood-maps/tools-resources/risk-map/success-stories ) resulting from the Risk MAP process.