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Works from TreeSearch to place WWETAC social science works in context

I looked over some publications from the research social scientist based in Seattle (Lee K. Cerveny, Phd in anthropology).

Her “featured work” led me to a collection of 38 items in TreeSearch with the keyword “Social Science Research”

I doubt the list is comprehensive, but the earliest item in this collection is from 1995.

Based on the titles, it looks like the Forest Service started to think about the importance of a social science perspective in the mid 90s (I’ll ask Lee about that).

My intuition is that from a marketing perspective, we must have a “hook” that gets land managers to buy in to the idea that social science is important / worth the time of day.

My fear is if the “hook” is not there to capture interest, few will bother to read any words you and I come up with describing WWETAC social science findings and applications.

I’m hopeful that some of these early works I found will have the “hook” we need. I’ll skim through them today to see if I can find the “hooks.”

Here are the works I pulled from the “Social Science Research” collection in Treesearch that looked potentially valuable for understanding the overall context of social science research for the Forest Service:

1995 Human dimensions in ecosystem management: a USDA Forest Service perspective

1995 Humans, forests, and global environmental change: planning a social science research agenda

1998 Demonstrating the value of a social science research program to a natural resource management agency

2002 Burning questions: a social science research plan for federal wildland fire management: report to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

2003 Humans, Fires, and Forests – Social science applied to fire management

2004 Integrating Social Science into the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Social Dimensions of Ecological Change and Ecological Dimensions of Social Change

2005 Developing an agenda to guide forest social science, economics, and utilization research “It sets the context for the utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities in the Forest Service.”

2007 Using social science to understand and improve wildland fire organizations: an annotated reading list

These later publications might provide a useful benchmark for comparison of early social science goals and later outcomes:

2015 Social science findings in the United States

2016 The evolution of wilderness social science and future research to protect experiences, resources, and societal benefits

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Sync Mendeley with Zotero to Share Annotations

I just set up the Mendeley account and sent a group invite, but I don’t think my idea to share annotations will work.

That’s because I know it’s basically impossible to install new software on a Fed computer –

The idea might still be helpful because you can use the Mendeley web site to get your hands on all the journal articles I collected for this project.

It looks like my “highlighted text” (created on my Mac with the Preview app) was preserved, but the Mendeley software mis-interpreted my “highlights” in the saved PDF as “yellow background color.” That makes my highlighted text practically impossible to distinguish from normal white background. It looks like I should use Adobe PDF reader if I want to make annotations that are easily readable on a PC.







Follow up on June 1 Sci. Comm. Mtg / FP_DECK

Hi Rachel,

Just a quick note of thanks for taking time from your day to share with me some of your communication strategies.

I also wanted to pass along some quick info on the Forest Plan Database Exchange of Current Knowledge (FP_DECK) in hopes it might be useful for your upcoming article on Forest Plan revisions.

Here’s a short highlight introducing the project in the Eastern Threat Center newsletter.

Also, from

Description: This Web-based tool electronically archives completed forest plans in a searchable database.

Use: Forest planners and managers will be able to examine similar forest-based activities, explore specific forest issues, and develop consistent templates that incorporate knowledge and expertise from several levels. National Environmental Policy Act coordinators will be able to efficiently evaluate the consistency of proposed actions and guide land managers through in-depth plan building. The public will be able to easily find information about specific topics.

Finally, the forest plan revisions are required by the Farm Bill to consider climate change impacts –

One of the ways WWETAC is contributing to understanding of likely climate change impacts in the West is we’re able to produce predictions of future vegetation changes by running the numbers on future climate scenarios.

The same 2015 accomplishment report I mentioned above highlights this WWETAC tool, called "MC2." MC2 is short for "MC1 version 2." MC1 was introduced back in 2001 – it’s a type of "Dynamic General Vegetation Model" – there are a variety of dynamic vegetation models available – there’s an overview for a general audience at The paper describing MC1 is available at <>, with some more useful info at <>. MC2 was released in 2012. Here’s how WWETAC is using MC2:

Description: MC2 is used for visualizing vegetation change. The model produces maps showing the distribution of current and future vegetation and above- and belowground carbon under appropriate assemblages of global circulation models as drivers of climate input.

Use: This model has many Forest Service and non-Forest Service users. It can be used by climate change coordinators at the regional and forest level, by forest plan revision teams, state and other land managers, tribes, collaboratives, and other nongovernmental organizations.

The article says "how to get it" and points to the WWETAC threat mapper web site, but I don’t think the MC2 model outputs are actually interactive right now – I think that they are provided as hard copies only at this time.

The WWETAC researcher who generates these models is John B. Kim, jbkim

I hope that these two items might prove useful to you for talking about the future of forest plan revisions.

It’d be great if it turns out your upcoming article can connect forest planning teams with some of the tools WWETAC offers for forest planning.

Thanks again for your time and offer to keep in touch – I’ll be looking over your work to get an idea of how you engage your audience, and I’m sure I’ll have questions.

Have a great weekend!