Job Opportunity: General Counsel
The General Counsel has primary responsibility for all legal affairs of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, fulfilling traditional in-house counsel functions. The General Counsel is selected by the Board of Trustees, reports directly to the Foundation Executive Director, and secondarily to the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The General Counsel provides legal services to the Board, the Executive Director, and all program components.
The position requires the ability to give expert legal advice on a range of issues typically encountered by an independent federal agency (including but not limited to the enabling legislation for the Foundation and U. S. Institute, appropriations law, administrative law, personnel rules, records management, federal contract law (FAR), and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts).
The position requires superior oral and writing skills, strong interpersonal skills and good judgment in dealing with management, professional and support staff, and client agencies. Legal guidance to management and staff must promote responsible and ethical conduct in furthering the agency mission. The incumbent will serve as the agency’s Designated Ethics Officer as well as the agency official responsible for further development of the agency’s EEO program. The ideal candidate will possess extensive federal experience such as serving as a federal General Counsel or District Counsel as well as extensive experience in federal contracting compliance utilizing the FAR and the DFAR.
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The U.S. Institute Announces Award Recipients at the ECR2012 Conference
In conjunction with the ECR2012 Conference, the U.S. Institute sponsored two awards to recognize exemplary and innovative environmental collaboration and conflict resolution efforts.
ECR2012 Awards Announcement
The seventh national Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Conference (ECR2012) is fast approaching. In conjunction with the conference, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) will sponsor two awards to recognize exemplary and innovative environmental collaboration and conflict resolution efforts.
LONGTIME UDALL FOUNDATION CHAIR TO STEP DOWN
Tucson—Terrence L. Bracy, who has chaired the Udall Foundation board of trustees for 17 years, will step down from that role at the end of October 2011. Bracy has led the board of the independent federal agency from its inception in late 1994 to the important government role it plays today.
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution on AZ Public Media’s Arizona Week
On August 26, 2011, Arizona Public Media Reporter Michael Chihak explored the aftermath of Arizona's wildfires and forest restoration on Arizona Week. Chihak interviewed Maggie McCaffrey, a program manager with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution about our work with collaborative fire initiatives, including the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). You can view the program here: http://www.azpm.org/news/story/2011/8/26/2030-episode-33-fire-is-inevitable-to-keep-arizona-wild/
Roundtable on Collaborative Environmental Governance
On April 26, 2011 the Center for Environmental Policy and U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution held the first of a planned series of Roundtables on Collaborative Environmental Governance. The video of the Roundtable can be found at the Center for Environmental Policy’s web site: http://www.american.edu/spa/cep/
Indian Country Today Article About MRRIC
The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) provides consensus-based recommendations and guidance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the two agencies tasked with implementing the existing Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan and a congressionally authorized study of the ecosystem restoration, mitigation, and recovery of endangered species. The MRRIC is authorized by Congress and serves as a basin-wide collaborative forum to develop a shared vision and comprehensive plan for Missouri River recovery. It consists of Missouri River basin tribes, states and federal agencies, stakeholders and local government. The U.S. Institute provides impartial facilitation and consensus-building support to the 70-member committee. Indian Country Today recently published an article about tribal involvement in the MRRIC process.
The U.S. Institute for Environment Conflict Resolution seeks an experienced Program Associate/Senior Program Associate.
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) is a program of the Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency. The U.S. Institute is charged by Congress to assist all parties in resolving environmental, natural resources, and public lands conflicts involving the federal government. The U.S. Institute is seeking an experienced individual for a position of Program Associate or Senior Program Associate on the program staff. The successful applicant will join the staff in managing environmental conflict resolution (ECR) projects where contracted neutrals are the primary service providers.
The U.S. Institute for Environment Conflict Resolution seeks an experienced Senior Program Manager/Facilitator or Program Manager/Facilitator.
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution is a program of the Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency. It is charged by Congress to assist all parties in resolving environmental, natural resources, and public lands conflicts involving the federal government. The U.S. Institute is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial individual for a Senior Program Manager/Facilitator or Program Manager/Facilitator position on the program staff. The successful applicant will manage environmental collaboration and conflict resolution projects where contracted neutrals are the primary service providers, and will also provide direct mediation and/or facilitation services as appropriate.
New Exhibit and Lecture Series at the University of Arizona Honors Stewart L. Udall’s Legacy
A new exhibit and lecture series at the University of Arizona’s Special Collections commemorates Stewart L. Udall’s legacy. Also on display are photographs from the Stewart L. Udall Parks in Focus Program, which takes young people into national and state parks to inspire appreciation for the beauty of national parks through photography. For his commitment to conservation and national parks, the Parks in Focus Program was renamed for Stewart Udall in 2009.
Training for Environmental Leaders at Cavallo Point
We invite decision-makers on environmental issues to participate in a special offering of a three day training, Collaboration Skills for Environmental Leaders, at Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate on the San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in partnership with the Institute at the Golden Gate and the National Park Service will deliver this training November 2-4, 2010.
Udall legacy to Indian country – Indian Country Today
On June 20, more than 500 people gathered for a touching tribute to Stewart L. Udall, who passed away March 20, 2010. At the “Celebration of Life” memorial service held on the Santa Fe Indian School campus in New Mexico, Stewart’s children spent the first Father’s Day since his passing remembering their dad.
The Secretary's Wild Horse and Burro Initiative: A Plan for Public Engagement
In the nearly 40 years since the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has had primary responsibility for managing these iconic symbols of the American West. However, the program has proven controversial, with many interest groups, from horse enthusiasts, animal welfare and wildlife advocates, ranchers, and local governments expressing strong opinions about how best to protect the wild horses and burros, the public land, and its natural resources.
Innovation in Technology and ECR Award
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (the U.S. Institute) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first "Innovation in Technology and Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) Award." The award is designed to promote and recognize cutting-edge applications of new technologies within collaborative environmental processes. The award is in line with the Administration's Open Government Initiative, and the U.S. Institute's mission to increase the appropriate and effective use of ECR.
Stewart Udall Dies at age 90
“Today Stewart L. Udall departed from the Earth he loved so much, but his spirit will always be with us. His legacy of honor and conservation of the land is a gift to every generation and every part of America. The Udall Foundation is both humbled and proud to carry his work forward.”
Terry L. Bracy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Udall Foundation
Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP) Civic Engagement Meetings held throughout Missouri River Basin
In mid 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) requested the independent and impartial assistance of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in planning, designing, and implementing efforts to build collaborative opportunities with public stakeholders into the development of the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILTON BLUEHOUSE, JR., TO JOIN UDALL FOUNDATION'S
U.S. INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Milton Bluehouse, Jr., an intergovernmental relations specialist on tribal environmental issues
and member of the Navajo Nation, is joining the Udall Foundation's U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict
Resolution beginning on February 16, 2010. Bluehouse’s primary duties will relate to the work of the U.S. Institute for
Environmental Conflict Resolution's Native Dispute Resolution Network, intercultural and intergovernmental training, and
consensus building services on matters involving Native nations and federal agencies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUZANNE ORENSTEIN TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF THE
UDALL FOUNDATION'S WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE
Suzanne Orenstein, a well known environmental conflict resolution practitioner and manager, has been named to head the Udall Foundation's new Washington, D.C., office beginning on January 4, 2010. Orenstein’s primary duties will relate to the work of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a major Udall Foundation program.
Innovation in Technology and ECR
Nominations are now being accepted for the first "Innovation in Technology and ECR" Award. The award will recognize new and innovative applications of technologies within collaborative environmental processes. The Award will be presented at the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s ECR 2010 conference to be held in May 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Nominated projects will also be featured in an "Innovations Gallery" during the event.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sixth National ECR Conference to be held May 25-27, 2010, in Tucson
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a program of the Udall Foundation, will host its sixth national ECR Conference in Tucson, Arizona, on May 25-27, 2010. The conference will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Training events, panel workshops and associated meetings will take place throughout the week of May 24-28, 2010, leading into Memorial Day weekend. Mark your calendar now and plan to bring the entire family!
CONGRESS ENACTS LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE THE UDALL FOUNDATION AND HONOR STEWART L. UDALL
Today, Congress enacted legislation to enhance the Udall Foundation, located in Tucson, Arizona, and simultaneously honor one of the great public servants and foremost environmental visionaries of the era, Stewart L. Udall.
The bill renames the federal agency the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, in recognition of the historic Interior Secretary's contributions.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
To help raise awareness among all Americans of online threats, October has been designated National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we've exposed some of the most common cyber threats in previous blog posts. President Obama continues these efforts in the video below by explaining the importance of cybersecurity and strategies you can take to protect yourself online. To learn more about the strategies mentioned in the video, visit OnGuardOnline.gov and DHS.gov/Cyber.
Technology and ECR: National Strategic Planning Session
Technology and ECR: National Strategic Planning Session - summary report now available. In May 2009 the US Institute hosted a planning session to explore the growing interest in incorporating technology based tools into collaborative environmental processes. The session drew a wide variety of participants who worked to develop key recommendations and initiatives to direct the energy and interest in this area. Download the summary report here. To learn more visit the Technology and ECR website.
ECR2010 CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS NOW OPEN!
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Udall Foundation invites you to share your knowledge at the sixth national conference, ECR2010, May 25-27, 2010, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
, in Tucson, Arizona. The U.S. Institute is now accepting proposals from session organizers for concurrent breakout presentations, panel sessions, facilitated roundtable discussions and training workshops. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, October 23, 2009.
National Assessment of Travel Management Planning by the USDA Forest Service: Challenges, Recommendations, and Best Practices for Public Involvement
At the request of the USDA Forest Service, the US Institute recently contracted with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (University of Virginia) to undertake an independent assessment of the Forest Service’s travel management planning process. The assessment analyzes the agency’s experience to date, and offers specific recommendations to Forest Service personnel as they work to complete travel management planning efforts throughout the national forest system. The report also provides valuable insights and guidance to those citizens who are engaged as members of the public in these planning processes. Drawing on lessons from individual projects, the report identifies key issues and challenges that are common to travel management planning efforts, with each issue and challenge serving as the basis for specific recommendations. The assessment is based principally on discussions with leaders representing key stakeholder groups, including motorized recreation, non-motorized recreation, conservation, Forest Service staff, and local government.
Program Manager, Native American and Alaska Native Program Morris K. Udall Foundation
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) is a program of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, a federal agency dedicated to honoring the legacy of the late Congressman Udall in consensus-building, environmental policy and Native American affairs. The U.S. Institute was created by Congress as an impartial, non-partisan service organization to assist in resolving environmental, natural resources, and public lands conflicts involving the federal government. It is located in Tucson, Arizona, and works nationally in a variety of program areas, drawing on its national referral resources. The U.S. Institute is funded by a combination of appropriations and revenues generated by its services. See www.ecr.gov for more information on the U.S. Institute. The U.S. Institute seeks to expand its Native American and Alaska Native Program with the addition of a Program Manager.
Position Announcement: Director, Washington Office U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Morris K. Udall Foundation
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) is a program of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency created to honor the late Congressman Udall in consensus-building, environmental policy, and Native American affairs.The U.S. Institute was created by Congress as an impartial, non-partisan service organization to assist in resolving environmental, natural resources, and public lands conflicts involving the federal government. It is located in Tucson, Arizona, and works nationally in a variety of program areas, drawing on its national roster of qualified environmental mediators and facilitators. The U.S. Institute is funded by a combination of appropriations and revenues generated by its services. See www.ecr.gov for more information on the Institute.
ECR 2.0 Workshop
On May 6 - 8, the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution hosted a national strategic planning session - Technology in Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) - in Tucson, AZ. The event brought together thought leaders, technology specialists, and ECR practitioners with experience and mutual appreciation for the value technology can bring to ECR processes - and for what ECR can bring to the development of future technologies. Great progress was made toward the goal to develop a shared vision for integrating new technologies into ECR best practices to support transparency, collaboration, effective partnerships, and improved decision making in ECR. The Session included an introductory Technology Fair presenting innovative applications of technology to ECR programs, with interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and mini-trainings, followed by one and a half days of working sessions to develop the national strategic plan. For further information about the Technology in ECR National Strategic Planning Session, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/techecr/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - APRIL 23, 2009
AGREEMENT REACHED ON GRAZING RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FISHLAKE NATIONAL FOREST: PARTIES REACH AGREEMENT ON MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TUSHAR GRAZING COLLABORATION
For the past two years, the Grand Canyon Trust and Utah Farm Bureau have co-sponsored an effort to resolve outstanding disputes related to two of eight cattle grazing allotments on the Tushar Mountain Range in the Beaver Ranger District, Fishlake National Forest, Utah. In March 2009, the USDA Forest Service, permittees, representatives of environmental groups, and other interested parties reached agreement on revisions to the Ten Mile and Pine Creek/Sulphurbeds Allotments.
Sullivan Creek Project Negotiation Team Fifth Mediated Session
On April 1 and 2, 2009, the fifth mediated session of the settlement negotiation team for the surrender of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Sullivan Creek Hydroelectric Project met in Spokane, Washington. The negotiation team, which is made up of a mix of state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the Pend Oreille Public Utility District, local officials, and representatives of the local community, is working with the help of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to find options for resolving the issues for surrender of the Project license.
Sullivan Creek Project Negotiation Team Third mediated Session
On February 4 and 5, 2009, the third mediated session of the settlement negotiation team for the surrender of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Sullivan Creek Hydroelectric Project met in Spokane, Washington. The negotiation team, which is made up of a mix of state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the public utility district, local officials, and representatives of the local community, is working with the help of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to find options for resolving the issues for surrendering of the Project license.
"Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resources Planning"
University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Water Resources Research Center at The University of Arizona, the Morris K. Udall Foundation, and the Arizona Water Institute will be co-hosting a conference entitled Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resource Planning on March 17, 2009.
Mark Schaefer accepts leadership of the US Institute for the Environmental Conflict Resolution
Mark Schaefer, who has held high-level science and environmental policy positions in the federal and nonprofit sectors, has been named to head the Tucson-based U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute). Schaefer's title will be deputy executive director for environmental conflict resolution of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, which is the parent agency for the U.S. Institute.