Collaboration & Outreach

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JW Associates has designed, organized, and facilitated more than 100 public meetings and countless collaborative group meetings. We have experience on more than 25 projects with all aspects of public involvement, including; scoping, content analysis, issue development, and comment analysis and responses. We have handled large public involvement programs where issues were developed from public meetings and other input, the issues were addressed in a management plan, and then the plan was reviewed and commented on through facilitation of additional public meetings.

JW Associates has experience with facilitating diverse groups through natural resource decisions. We are constantly working with stakeholder groups that have different views on natural resource issues but can reach common goals through a facilitated process. These projects require an understanding of the technical issues as well as an ability to move the group toward a common goal. 

Brad Piehl has been involved with many forest and watershed collaboratives. He is a founding member of the Watershed Wildfire Protection Group and is the current facilitator. He is the chair of the High Country Forest Collaborative, has been a leader of the Forest Health Task Force in Summit County, has been part of the Front Range Roundtable since 2007, and contributes to Healthy Headwaters (a national watershed protection group organized by Carpe Diem West).

San Luis Valley Wildlife Refuge Complex

JW Associates provided facilitation and public involvement services to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex CCP and LPP. The Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges were part of this project. 

Colordo Wolf Management Plan

JW Associates served as public involvement lead to a working group charged by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to develop a management plan for gray wolf in the State. JW Associates designed and facilitated six scoping meetings and six public comment meetings around the state. 

Nellis Dunes Special Recreation Area

Nellis Dunes OHV Special Recreation Area is currently an OHV area managed by the BLM Las Vegas Field Office. JW Associates worked for BLM to form an Inter-entity partnership to make sure that the stakeholders were involved in the design and execution of a public comment process.