A flexible approach to implementing natural resource stewardship projects on Federal lands, the use of stewardship end-results contracting is helping to accelerate the pace and scope of forest restoration activities. Congress permanently authorized stewardship contracting authorities through the 2014 Farm Bill, affording the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and USDOI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) a valuable tool to address resource concerns and the needs of communities.
For over a decade leading up to permanent authorization the Pinchot Institute has been involved in developing, testing, and establishing federal legislative authority for stewardship contracts and stewardship agreements. From 1999 - 2004, the Pinchot Institute employed a multiparty monitoring and evaluation program to assess the 84 stewardship contracting pilot projects. Since 2005, the Forest Service and BLM have turned to the Pinchot Institute to annually monitor and evaluate the role that local communities and other non-agency stakeholders play in the development and implementation of stewardship contracts and agreements. Annual Programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation reports are available below.
For an overview of stewardship contracting see: A Landmark Policy for Restoring Federal Forests: Permanent Authorization of Stewardship Contracting in the Farm Bill