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The Coalition normally meets on the first Thursday of each month. Location varies due to various project locations. Please refer to Upcoming Events to learn about the next meeting.

About Us

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Our Background

The Boise Forest Coalition (BFC) was formed in September 2010, bringing together diverse interests to craft recommendations for a multi-faceted forest project in the Boise National Forest. The citizen-led group is open to anyone with an interest in Boise National Forest management.

The Boise National Forest retains jurisdiction on all decisions related to the National Environmental Policy Act requirements. Any project proposals resulting from the BFC recommendations are open for review from any member of the public, through the NEPA process. Notes are available from all BFC meetings.

The Mission

The mission of the citizen-led Boise Forest Coalition is to provide the Boise National Forest with management recommendations that:

  1. Are developed through consensus decisions involving all members of the Coalition;
  2. Address natural resource, economic, recreational, and societal needs;
  3. Are compatible with Forest Plan direction including implementation of the Forest's Wildlife and Aquatic Conservation Strategies;
  4. Are economically realistic;
  5. Promote future collaboration during implementation and monitoring.

Generally, the Coalition's objectives are to:

  • Restore forest and ecological health;
  • Reduce forest fuel hazards;
  • Create economic opportunities;
  • Produce forest products;
  • Provide a variety of trail-related recreational pursuits and improve management of recreational uses to better address impacts on natural resources;
  • Provide dispersed camping and wildlife-related opportunities,
  • Protect designated Idaho roadless areas;
  • Enhance bull trout habitat and connectivity;
  • Maintain and enhance fish and wildlife habitats; and
  • Coordinate with adjacent landowners in accomplishing objectives.

Decision Processes

Objectives

  1. To provide the Forest Service with consensus-based recommendations for prospective projects. All efforts will be made by members of the Coalition to obtain consensus. If alternative decision methods are needed, the Coalition has failed in this foundational objective. Issue resolution measures outside the bounds of consensus will only be taken in extenuating circumstances. For these extreme circumstances, resolution processes outlined below will be adopted.
  2. To implement issue resolution processes that will (a) promote high levels of trust among Coalition's members, (b) demonstrate high levels of Coalition integrity, and (c) develop respect for Coalition recommendations with the Forest Service, elected officials, and public stakeholders.
  3. To be an organization that is inclusive and open to a diversity of perspectives.

Steps in the Consensus Decision Process

  1. All meeting participants, except Advisors, can vote in the initial assessment of consensus and in efforts to reach consensus providing they have met the attendance requirement.
  2. If initial efforts to reach consensus fail, a fall-back decision process will be adopted in which only Voting Members (defined below) can participate in voting to reach consensus.
  3. If consensus is not achieved among Coalition members, a subcommittee composed of opposing or differing interests and an unbiased moderator will be formed to explore alternative means to reach consensus.
  4. If the subcommittee reaches consensus, they will present their proposed solution to members of the Coalition.
  5. If the subcommittee fails to reach consensus, they will:
    • Prepare a written a description of considered alternatives, irresolvable differences, and specific reasons for support and opposition.
    • Discuss their differences before the Coalition.
  6. The Coalition will try to find consensus based upon the subcommittee's work.
  7. If consensus is not achieved, the perspectives of each of the Voting Members will be presented. The Coalition's input and will disclose:
    • Alternatives considered,
    • Points of agreement and conflict,
    • Organizations/individuals supporting and opposing each alternative.

Coalition Alternatives For Participation

The Coalition will strive to have all interest groups at the table.

  1. Advisors are personnel from state or federal agencies who may assist the Coalition with their knowledge of natural resource conditions.
  2. Interested Parties are participants who:
    • Have an interest in the project area (i.e. West Emmett) or in the Coalition's activities
    • Do not attend meetings regularly
    Interested parties are invited to participate in initial discussion efforts to reach consensus.
  3. Coalition Members are individuals who attend meetings and participate in consensus voting assessments. They are considered Voting Members if they:
    • Attend at least 50% of meetings (including those meetings focused on resources other than their particular interest)
    • Commit to the Coalition's mission
    • Promote consensus-based decisions

A representative of an organization who is standing in for an organization member who meets the 50% requirement may participate as a Voting Member.

Related Points

  1. These guidelines can only be changed through a consensus-based decision made by Voting Members of the Coalition.
  2. If consensus cannot be met on the future direction of the Coalition, the Steering Committee can decide to dissolve the Coalition.