Darrington Collaborative
Darrington Collaborative

Governance Document

Mission and Goals

 

The Darrington Collaborative  will bring together stakeholders from the community of Darrington, WA,  the environmental community, members of the local Darrington timber industry, Darrington STEM youth education programs and representatives from federal, state and local government around shared goals of increasing ecologically sustainable timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the Darrington vicinity while improving the ecological functioning of our forests and watersheds. The Darrington Collaborative will work together and with federal officials to address issues that stand in the way of achieving the stated goals.

 

Ultimately, the purpose is to show we can simultaneously create a more ecologically resilient forest, provide for increased, sustainable timber harvests on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Darrington, and provide economic benefits to the community of Darrington and educational opportunities for Darrington’s youth through the STEM program.

 

Goals include:

 

• Increasing the number of acres treated and total harvest volume produced in forest restoration projects under the Northwest Forest Plan and increasing the number and footprint of aquatic and other non-harvest related restoration projects.

• Creating a framework of agreement on the type and locations of forest restoration treatments that benefit the ecosystem and provide for increased harvest levels under the Northwest Forest Plan.

• Improving treatment effectiveness and working to reduce the time and cost required to plan and prepare projects through increased efficiencies for the Forest Service.

• Creating a framework of agreement around innovative forest practices, treatments, and techniques that integrate ecological, social, and economic goals, and exploring whether the Adaptive Management Area (AMA) established under the Northwest Forest Plan provides an opportunity to test these alternative approaches.

• Creating new educational and career opportunities for Darrington’s youth by integrating the Darrington outdoor STEM education projects into scientific monitoring of collaborative projects.

• Collaborating on specific projects, as needed, to create an environment that reduces conflict and seeks to achieve a common vision for the future of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest within the Darrington region and working towards creating a more sustainable future for the regional timber economy.

• Creating a forum for addressing any problems that stand in the way of accomplishing our stated goals with the active involvement of federal elected and agency officials.

• Through a strategic communications and outreach plan, utilize projects and project outcomes to educate and bring awareness to the Puget Sound Region regarding the ecological benefits of sustainable timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan

 

General Membership

The Darrington Collaborative will be made up of voting (Board of Directors) and non-voting members. Members of diverse backgrounds and interests are welcome, but all members must abide by the stated Purpose and Goals of the Darrington Collaborative as outlined above. New Members can be added by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.

 

Board of Directors

The Board will consist of no more than 10 individuals who are directly and actively engaged in issues relating to the environment, natural resources, education system and economy of Darrington as they relate to the Purpose and Goals of the Collaborative. Board Members serve on an uncompensated basis.

 

The initial membership of the Board will consist of representatives of the organizations engaged with the Collaborative on July 10th, 2015. These include:

 

 

  • Dan Rankin, Darrington Mayor
  • Paul Wagner, Washington State Society of American Foresters
  • Steve Skaglund, Three Rivers Contract Logging
  • Bob Boyd, Retired logger and Darrington Area Resources Advocates
  • Tom Uniack, Washington Wild
  • Ben Greuel, The Wilderness Society
  • Thomas O’Keefe, Ph.D., American Whitewater
  • Jon Owen, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Oak Rankin, Glacier Peak Institute
  • Mike Town, Tesla STEM High School

 

 

The Board may create committees and delegate specific tasks and responsibilities to the members of that committee.

 

The Board will consist of roughly equal representation from the Darrington community and conservation groups (3-5 members per group). In addition, members representing local & state government, tribes, education, economic development, and labor may be on the board.

 

Members of the Board may designate an alternate representative to fill in for Board Member in times of short-term absence. Short-Term absence is defined as 3 or less consecutive meetings.

 

Members of the Board will serve a term of 24 months. Members may serve for multiple terms provided they are in good standing with the Collaborative.

 

A member of the Board may be removed for cause from the Board by a vote of 2/3 of the Board of Directors. The cause may include lack of attendance at meetings and failure to abide by the Purpose and Goals of the Collaborative outlined above.

 

 Officers

 

The Board will elect among its Members the positions identified below. Terms will be 24 months.

 

 

  • Co-Chair – Darrington Community
  • Co-Chair – Conservation
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary

 

 

In the absence of a Coordinator, the responsibilities of setting times and locations for meetings, creating and circulating a meeting agenda, and distributing records/minutes of meetings shall reside with the Co-Chairs or the Secretary.

 

The responsibilities of the Co-Chairs shall be to preside over Board meetings and the general business dealings of the Board.

 

Responsibilities of the Vice-Chair include assisting the Co-Chairs as directed and filling in for a Co-Chair in the event of an absence.

 

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping a record of decisions made by the Board. In the absence of a Coordinator, the Secretary shall also be responsible for maintaining minutes of the Board meetings.

 

The Board may also elect other officers, as needed.

 

Coordinator

The duties of the Coordinator shall include the following:

 

  • Assist Co-Chairs in facilitation of DC meetings: prepare meeting agendas, develop meeting materials and packets, reserve meeting locations, invite guest speakers with input from DC members, ensure minutes are recorded, send reminder emails;
  • Track progress of major DC projects and subcommittees; ensure milestones and deadlines are met;
  • Become familiar with DC files and make recommendations to Board concerning central repository or continual recordkeeping strategy;
  • Encourage active and productive participation of all collaborative members at meetings;
  • Assist Co-chairs in Coordinating 2-3 field trips including stewardship contracting and restoration project planning tours with US Forest Service (USFS) staff and Darrington Collaborative members;
  • Work with Darrington Collaborative Board to develop outreach tools including press releases and open houses; coordinate with OPC Board in regards to media;

 

 Standing Non-Voting Members

 

At least one designee from the US Forest Service and the Office of Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee (or his successor, office of U. S. Senator Patty Murray, and office of U.S. Representative Congresswoman DelBene will be invited to be a non-voting participant at each Board meeting.

 

The Role of the Forest Service at a minimum will consist of:

 

  • Serving as a non-voting member
  • Be committed to the collaborative process and maintain active engagement at meetings, project planning, etc.
  • Offer resource information
  • Share historical data, local knowledge, and technical resource expertise
  • Share experience working with local contractors

 

The role of the congressional delegation’ and governor’s offices at a minimum will consist of:

 

  • Serving as non-voting members
  • Be committed to the collaborative process and maintain active engagement at meetings, project planning, etc.
  • Share knowledge about potential benefits to local constituents

 

Other non-voting members may be invited to represent other constituencies (e.g., local governments, Tribes) important to the Collaborative.

 

Consultants

 

The Board may secure the services of Consultants to carry out work approved by the Board. The Consultants will attend all Board Meetings as needed, and update the Co-Chairs and Vice Chair regularly on his or her activities. The Board can approve additional staff to assist the Consultant on either a volunteer or paid basis.

 

Meetings

 

The Board will meet at least once per quarter, either in person or via conference call, with at least two meetings per year taking place in person.  At least one in person meeting will be open to the general public each year as a way to provide education and an update about the Collaborative’s progress. Workgroups established by the board can meet on a more frequent basis.

 

No official decisions can be made without a quorum. A quorum is defined as fifty percent of the Board Membership plus one.

 

The Darrington Collaborative will make decisions on the basis of consensus and agreement among the Board Members present. The goal of the decision-making process is to come to a decision that members can support following a respectful hearing of all concerns. The collaborative will make decisions using a process of modified consensus. A consensus is achieved when all voting members can support or, at the minimum, live with a decision.

 

Non-voting members may be invited to attend Board Meetings to provide technical assistance necessary for the accomplishment of Darrington Collaborative goals.

 

General Membership meetings may be explored in the future based on need and non-voting member participation.

 

Media Relations

 

In the event that media have an interest in attending meetings, the following expectations will apply:

 

  • Full disclosure to all present of any media presence at each meeting
  • Non-voting role

 

All communications by members of the collaborative with the news media concerning these discussions will be only by agreement of the group.

 

Collaborative members will be mindful of the impacts that their public and private statements may have on the climate of this effort, especially those on open social media. No participant will attribute suggestions, comments or ideas of another participant to the news media or non-participants, especially through open social media.

 

Revised on 12/13/17

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