Environmental Management

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 587–593 | Cite as

Making It Work: Keys to Successful Collaboration in Natural Resource Management

  • MICHAEL A. SCHUETT
  • STEVE W. SELIN
  • DEBORAH S. CARR

Abstract

This paper explores the positive aspects of collaboration in natural resources. Its purpose was to investigate participants' overall attitudes about keys to successful collaboration. The sample for the study consisted of 671 participants involved in 30 collaborative initiatives (CI) with the Forest Service. Using a mailed questionnaire, this study profiled the collaborative initiatives investigating purpose, problems addressed, groups involved, and years in existence. Respondents were queried on their overall perspectives on keys to successful collaboration. A total of more than 300 comments was collected from respondents and six categories emerged: development, information exchange, organizational support, personal communication, relationships/team building, and accomplishments. Continued research will need to explore the short- and long-term impacts of collaboration in natural resources.

KEY WORDS: Collaboration; Collaborative initiatives; Forest Service; Natural resource management. 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • MICHAEL A. SCHUETT
    • 1
  • STEVE W. SELIN
    • 2
  • DEBORAH S. CARR
    • 3
  1. 1.West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6125, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6125, USAUS
  2. 2.Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6125, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6125, USAUS
  3. 3.USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station, East Lansing, Michigan 48223, USAUS

Personalised recommendations