Introduction to WKRP and the Open Standards Process
This Partnership allows diverse stakeholders to come together to work through the Open Standards Process for Conservation to identify Zones of Agreement where all parties
agree upslope restoration needs to occur. The Partnership was originally focused solely on the Middle Klamath subbasin and was called the Middle Klamath Restoration Partnership, which has been meeting since 2007. The Partnership’s initial focus was on instream fish habitat restoration, as there was significant funding available and a favorable socio-political climate for achieving success. In recognition of the controversial issues surrounding forest management in the region, participants chose to wait to focus on upslope restoration until facilitators capable of bringing the group from conflict to understanding and general conceptual agreement were identified.
Shared values emerged through identification of six Conservation Targets, the intent is not only to consider these in what we do, but aim to achieve improvement of target viability. WKRP Shared Values are:
1. Fire Adapted Communities
2. Restored Fire Regimes
3. Healthy River Systems
4. Resilient Bio-diverse Forests/Plants/and Animals
5. Sustainable Local Economies
6. Cultural and Community Vitality
The identification of critical threats to our conservation values were defined based on how real world threats to the viability to our Values/Targets apply to our landscape. These include:
- Lack of stable jobs
- Erosion of community and cultural values, including Karuk traditional practices
- Lack of beneficial fire
- Altered forest structure and composition (overly dense forests)*
- High fuel loading
- Lack of defensible space
- Habitat degradation (terrestrial and aquatic)
- Impaired fishery
WKRP strategies were developed to address critical threats to achieving our conservation targets. These, along with the Shared Values and Approach, were born out of the Open Standards Process facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and the Fire Learning Network. These strategies allow the partnership to directly address threats to and improve areas identified in our Shared Values.
Develop and implement landscape level strategic fuels reduction treatments
Increase use of fire to restore & maintain Pre-European conditions in a contemporary context
Increase local restoration capacity
Create sustainable diverse revenue streams to address all threats and values
Accelerate development of Fire Adapted Communities
Integrate food security into forest management actions
Advocate for and support implementing existing fisheries restoration plans
Develop integrated, inter-generational education programs and activities that complement our identified strategies
Develop inclusive partnerships for implementing zones of agreement (formerly - Improve inter-governmental and community coordination and communication efforts)
Guiding Principles: The Way We Work
The WKRP defined the guiding principles of the group during a series of workshops facilitated by the Fire Learning Network and the Nature Conservancy using the Open Standards Process. These principles will be used to guide partnership actions and measure achievements.
1. We are results-oriented.
2. We work toward having beneficial fire operating throughout our landscape.
3. We incorporate cultural values and traditional ecological knowledge into our work.
4. Our activities seek to build our local workforce.
5. We use the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation as our guide to adaptive management and collaboration.
Develop community based Incident Management Teams to implement prescribed fire/cultural fire training exchange programs and for wildfire response.
Accelerate the development of fire adapted communities.
Integrate food security, food sovereignty, and forest food and fiber resources into management actions.
Increase capacity of diverse groups of fire practitioners to address policies and regulations that impede the large scale use of prescribed fire/cultural fire.
Build capacity for practitioner based research and monitoring programs to create and maintain adaptive management feedback loops.