Convening & Science Advisory Projects

Convening and Science Advisory Services

INR’s convening and science advisory services are flexible in that they can be tailored to different types of issues and circumstances, and offer a range of products or services, including but not limited to:

  • Informal or formal consultations or roundtable discussions with some combination (depending on the circumstances and issue at hand) of agency staff, independent science experts, stakeholders, and legislators.
  • Formally researched and written reviews or consensus reports of the scientific underpinnings of a natural resource management plan or strategy, policy, or regulation, using a panel of independent experts. 
  • Workshops, conferences or symposia that convene reviewers and, depending on circumstances, agency personnel, legislators, stakeholders, or the public for discussion and social learning regarding scientific evidence.
  • White papers or knowledge syntheses on issues of particular interest and policy relevance.

If you are interested in learning more about our work, please contact Lisa Gaines.


Convening and Science Advisory Past Projects

Featured Projects


Mid-coast Water Resource Planning Project (2021)

Lead by Creative Solutions, LCC, the Institute for Natural Resources, OSU Extension, and Oregon Sea Grant collaborated to facilitate the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership in developing their Water Action Plan.

Resources & Products


Trees to Tap: Forest Management and Community Drinking Water (2021)

There are 337 public water providers, servicing almost 3.5 million Oregonians, who rely on surface waters for some or all of their supply. These providers may own their source water watersheds, but many do not. As a result, they have little control on activities occurring in their source watersheds, many of which are forested and managed by a diversity of owners. The purpose of this project was to 1) update that report by synthesizing current science about the impacts of forest management on community drinking water supplies, and 2) describe and analyze the management of forested municipal watershed systems.

Resources & Products

  • Archived project webpage:
  • Final Report: Trees to Tap Science Review Working Papers (15 June 2020) 
  • Video Links: March 2021 Trees to Tap Conference recording page with the video links embedded. This virtual conference reviewed the Trees to Tap Science Review using a mix of science presentations given by the project scientists and management presentations given by forestry and water professionals, regulators and conservationists. Science presentations gave a high-level summary of the Trees to Tap findings in each topic covered. Management presentations provided an overview which was followed by practical discussion of how to account for the report's scientific findings in practice.


Oregon Marine Reserve Assessment RFP Process (2021)

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) asked INR to run a request for proposal process. Researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education listed in ORS 352.002 were invited to submit proposals to conduct the legislatively-mandated assessment of Oregon’s marine reserve system. The main deliverable was a scholarly review of the marine reserves process and outcomes from 2008-2020, which was detailed in a December 2021 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Synthesis Report.


Stage 0 Restoration (2020)

In coordination with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, INR convened a workshop in November 2020 to bring together practitioners, researchers, regulators and other stakeholders to discuss current topics and data gaps related to implementing and monitoring restoration projects intended to achieve a Stage 0 condition.

The workshop was open to discussion of all types of restoration actions focused on restoring Stage 0 conditions, but was primarily focused on outcomes and monitoring of larger-scale projects that utilized heavy equipment to move large amounts of sediment into incised channels from adjacent terraces to reset the valley floor and increase floodplain connection.

Resources & Products

  • Workshop Report (2021): Behan, Jeff, K. Fetcho, R. Davis, and L. Gaines. 2021. River Restoration to Achieve a Stage 0 Condition:  Summary of a Workshop Held November 5th and 6th, 2020. Report to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (Salem, Oregon) and the Institute for Natural Resources (Corvallis, Oregon).
  • Video Links

Stage 0 Workshop: Day 1 Sessions I & II - Stage 0 Background/Overview, and Challenges & Uncertainties

Stage 0 Workshop: Day 2 Current Monitoring and Evolving Knowledge & Communication Network/Process


OSU Extension Water Needs Survey (2019)

The Institute for Natural Resources and the Institute for Water and Watershed worked with OSU Extension Service staff and faculty associated with water to assess priority water issues that need to be addressed over the next 5-10 years to help guide Extension water activities toward the goal of creating a community of practice.


Ecological Effects of Tide Gate Upgrade or Removal (2018)

The project was commissioned by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to foster better understanding of the effectiveness of their past investments in estuary habitat restoration involving tide gates, and to aid in targeting future investments.

Resources & Products

  • Final Report: Souder, J.A., L.M. Tomaro, G.R. Giannico and J.R. Behan. 2018. Ecological Effects of Tide Gate Upgrade or Removal: A Literature Review and Knowledge Synthesis. Report to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR. 136 pp. Submitted to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board in fulfillment of grant #217-8500-14090.


Select projects before 2018

SB 202 Independent Science Review Task Force (2016)

In 2015, the Oregon legislature found in Senate Bill 202 that policy and program decisions made by natural resources agencies, boards and commissions can benefit from independent scientific review that: (a) reflects a balance of representation from various research sectors, academic and nonacademic, public and private; (b) is performed by distinguished scientists from a range of disciplines; and (c) is clearly communicated to the public and state and local officials.

Senate Bill 202 established the Task Force on Independent Scientific Review for Natural Resources to “evaluate and assess the need for independent scientific reviews in Oregon and make appropriate recommendations” to the Governor and appropriate Legislative committees no later than September 15, 2016.


West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel (2015) 

The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) worked with the California Ocean Science Trust (CalOST) to convene an expert panel that will advance decision-makers’ understanding of the drivers and impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia. The panel synthesized and interpreted knowledge from this scientifically diverse and rapidly evolving field of research, and identified research and monitoring priorities critical to the West Coast's future.  CalOST and INR guided and supported the panel using their expertise in understanding manager needs and facilitating cross-disciplinary groups. Together CalOST and INR served as the link between the panel and state, regional and federal decision-makers by providing the management and policy context for ocean acidification and hypoxia.

The work of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel took place in 2015. 



Natural & Working Lands

Natural & Working Lands 

Carbon Capture and Storage on Oregon's Natural & Working Lands


Oregon's natural and working lands - forests, grasslands, rangelands, farmlands, wetlands, and urban parks and open spaces - produce many benefits, including opportunities to  capture and store carbon to reduce Oregon's overall/net contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. Oregon has goals to increase the amount of carbon natural and working lands capture and store by 2030 and 2050. If the state is successful in achieving these as well as sector-based carbon storage goals, Oregon could be net neutral and mitigating the effects of climate change by 2040. 

Oregon's Goal

The Oregon Global Warming Commission adopted a Natural and Working Lands Proposal that sets goals for carbon capture and storage on Oregon's natural and working lands: Sequester at least an additional 5 MMTCO2e per year in Oregon’s natural and working lands and waters by 2030, and at least 9.5 MMTCO2e per year by 2050 relative to a 2010 to 2019 baseline. The OGWC recommends that the natural and working lands outcome-based goal should be separate from, and in addition to, Oregon’s sector-based emissions reduction goals as established by the Legislature and updated in Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-04.

Our Approach

The Oregon Global Warming Commission adopted a Natural and Working Lands Proposal that sets goals for carbon capture and storage on Oregon's natural and working lands. INR received funding from the US Climate Alliance and Natural Resources Conservation Service to:

  1. Establish and facilitate a Natural and Working Lands Advisory Committee;

  2. Develop a methodology to inventory net carbon capture in Oregon's natural and working lands;

  3. Develop climate-smart management practices and establish an activity-based baseline;

  4. Define the scope of work for a Workforce and Training needs analysis;

  5. Identify community impact metrics; and,

  6. Produce a final report.

Advisory Committee Meetings

Advisory Committee Meetings

This web page contains the meeting recordings and information associated with the OGWC Natural and Working Lands Advisory Committee meetings. This page is updated monthly to illustrate the progress being made by stakeholders in advancing Oregon's natural and working lands proposal. Documents shared on this page are downloads.


3 August 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

6 July 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

1 June 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

4 May 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

6 April 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

2 March 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

3 February 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

12 January 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

1 December 2022, 1:00-2:30pm


3 November 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

17 October 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm


Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee Members

The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide current knowledge, critical thinking, analysis, and perspectives that inform the implementation of the Oregon Global Warming Commission's Natural and Working Lands Emissions Reduction and Sequestration Goal Proposal.

The Oregon Global Warming Commission selected the following individuals, who requested to become a member of the Advisory Committee via an application process, to serve on the Advisory Committee: 

  • Jocelyn Bridson, Director of Environment & Community Impact - Tillamook County Creamery Association
  • Mimi Casteel, Owner, Winegrower and Agricultural Consultant - Hope Well Wine and Vineyard
  • Gary Clarida, Forestry Technician, Sawyer, and Equipment Maintenance Supervisor - Retired 
  • Craig Cornu, Coordinator - PNW Blue Carbon Working Group
  • Tyler Ernst, Policy Counsel, Manufacturing and Resources - Oregon Forest Industries Council
  • Brian Glaser, Farm Owner and Operator - Ernest Glaser Farms
  • Greg Green, Director of Conservation Programs - PacNW - Ducks Unlimited
  • Ben Hayes, Manager/Principal - Springboard Forestry, LLC/Hyla Woods
  • John Hillcock, Commissioner - Wallowa County
  • Greg Holmes, Working Lands Program Director/Southern Oregon Advocate - 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Megan Kemple, Co-Director, Director of Policy Advocacy - Oregon Climate and Agricultural Network
  • Dylan Kruse, Vice President - Sustainable Northwest
  • Debora Landforce, Partner - 2 Fox Farm
  • Jan Lee, Executive Director- Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
  • Karen Lewotsky, Rural Partnerships Lead; Water Program Director - Oregon Environmental Council
  • Nicole Maness, Partner, Resilient Habitat and Working Lands - Willamette Partnership
  • Mike McCarthy, McCarthy Family Farm, Owner; Parkdale Valley Land Trust, President; Oregon Farm Bureau State Board
  • Dan Probert, Director - Country Natural Beef
  • Josh Robinson, Co-Owner - Robinson Nursery
  • Elizabeth Ruther, Science and Policy Analyst - The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Amanda Sullivan-Astor, Forest Policy Manager - Associated Oregon Loggers
  • Laura Tabor, Climate Action Director - The Nature Conservancy
  • Joseph Vaile, Climate Program Director - Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
  • Katie Voelke, Executive Director - North Coast Land Conservancy
  • Teryn Yazdani, Staff Attorney, Climate Policy Manager - Beyond Toxics


Member list updated on 12 September 2023.


Technical Experts

Technical Experts

Numerous technical experts have been asked to engage and participate in both the development and review of deliverables for this project. In addition to the individuals on the Advisory Committee, the INR technical team solicited the interest of professionals in the workforce development and training fields as well as scientists and technical experts who could contribute to the development and/or review of activity-based metrics and a methodology for establishing an inventory of net carbon sequestration. The following is a list of individuals technical team leads consulted for their subject matter expertise:


Agricultural Lands

  • Mike Badzmierowski, Oregon Department of Agriculture
  • Markus Kleber, Oregon State University
  • Serkan Ates, Oregon State University
  • Luca Silva, University of Oregon
  • Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, University of Oregon
  • Andrew McGuire, Washington State University
  • Kiara Winans, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Emily Oldfield, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Devin Rippner, US Department of Agriculture - ARS
  • Stewart Wuest, US Department of Agriculture - ARS
  • Richard Waite, World Resources Institute
  • Ermias Kebreab, UC Davis
  • Jennifer Moore, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Blue Carbon

  • Rose Graves, The Nature Conservancy
  • Christopher Janousek, Oregon State University
  • Laura Brophy, Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Craig Cornu, Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Sylvia Troost, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Elizabeth Ruther, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Steve Crooks, Silvestrum Climate Association
  • Lisa Beers, Silvestrum Climate Association
  • Tonya Haddad, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Lisa Phipps, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Meg Reed, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Tony D'Andrea, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Joanna Lyle, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jena Carter, The Nature Conservancy


Forest lands

  • Sean Gordon, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Charles Maxwell, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Danny Norlander, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Andrew Yost, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Glenn Christensen, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
  • Andrew T. Hudak, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
  • Andrew Gray, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
  • Jeremy Fried, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
  • David Bell, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Robyn Darbyshire, U.S. Forest Service Region 6
  • Jessica Halofsky, U.S. Department of Agriculture Northwest Climate
  • Ben Sleeter, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Kendall DeLyser, American Forests
  • David Diaz, Ecotrust
  • Chris Still, Oregon State University
  • Temesgen Hailemariam, Oregon State University
  • Mark Harmon, Oregon State University
  • Jeff Hatten, Oregon State University
  • Chad Hanson, Oregon State University
  • Lucas Silva, University of Oregon
  • Rose Graves, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ryan Haugo, The Nature Conservancy
  • Kerry Metlen, The Nature Conservancy



  • Megan Creutzburg, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Michael Russell, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Rory O-Connor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
  • Anna Maher, U.S. Department of Agriculture Northwest Climate Hub
  • Dallas Defrees, Sustainable Northwest
  • Benjamin Rau, US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
  • Mohamed Abdallah, Oregon State University


  • Jimmy Kagan, Institute for Natural Resources
  • Ed Alverson, Lane County
  • Jonathan Soll, Metro
  • Lori Hennings, Metro
  • Dana Visse, Metro
  • Jenna Garmon, Metro
  • Preet Gujral, Metro
  • Karl Morgenstern, Eugene Water and Electric Board
  • Kelly Hoell, Eugene Water and Electric Board

Workforce Development and Training

  • Bridget Dazey, Executive Director of Clackamas Workforce Partnership
  • Todd Nell, Director of Oregon's Workforce & Talent Development Board
  • Doug Denning, Youth Workforce Development Director, Office of Workforce Investments, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
  • Daryl Lambert, Worksystems
  • Clay Martin, WTDB Initiatives Analyst, Oregon's Workforce & Talent Development Board
  • John Tokarczyk, Oregon State University


28 October 2022, 10:00am-noon


N&W Lands Resources

Natural and Working Resources 

Opportunities for Accelerating Nature-Based Solutions: A Roadmap for Climate Progress, Thriving Nature, Equity, and Prosperity. Report to the National Climate Task Force. Washington, D.C.  (2022)

Oregon Global Warming Commission Natural and Working Lands Proposal (2021)

WRI Guide to Natural and Working Lands Inventory Improvements (2020)


Inventory Methods Development 


Blue Carbon Resources




Tools for Greenhouse Gas Calculations

Land Use

Death by 1000 Cuts: The Erosion of Oregon's Exclusive Farm Use Zone (Shackelford, 1000 Friends of Oregon, 2020)



1) Assist with establishing the “Natural and Working Lands Advisory Committee (N&WL Advisory Committee and facilitate meetings on behalf of the Oregon Global Warming Commission (OGWC).

a. Onboard Committee members and get agreement on schedules for meetings, along with agreed upon near-term objectives.

b. Plan for, facilitate and briefly summarize the discussions, recommendations and any decisions from regular full Committee, Committee workgroup meetings and Technical Expert Meetings through August 2023 to educate and secure Committee and Technical Expert feedback on the deliverables below to inform the deliverables below.

PROGRESS: Committee was formed, and a total of 11 meetings were held through August of 2023.


2) Develop activity-based metrics (aka climate-smart management practices). 

PROGRESS: Practices for each of the five land sectors were developed. Agricultural and Forestry land sector subcommittees convened in early 2023 to discuss sector-specific practices in greater detail. Facilitators engaged with an additional 31 external reviewers to review the initial draft of the technical teams practices and metrics document. The project report includes a summary of practices and metrics recommended by the technical teams, practices and metrics recommended by the Advisory Committee, and a compilation of reviews of the technical teams' initial draft practices and metrics document.

3) Identify community impact metrics.

a. Complete an assessment of community-based metrics being developed in Oregon and other states and complete a draft set of Community metrics.

b. Complete a final set of community-based metrics. 

PROGRESSA framework for community impact metrics was developed, including numerous examples of metrics. The Advisory Committee proposed a suite of draft community impact metrics for Oregon.

4) Define the scope of work for a Workforce and Training analysis.

a. Assess evaluate existing Oregon Natural and Working Lands related workforce and training, and identify gaps and draft a scope of work for filling gaps.

b. Complete a final scope of work for a workforce and training analysis and estimated costs. 

PROGRESSA Scope of Work was developed and the Oregon Department of Energy posted an RFI to OregonBuys in July, giving entities six weeks to respond to the RFI with proposed methodology and estimated costs to complete the assessment.

5) Develop a methodology for establishing an inventory of net sequestration and storage in Oregon’s Natural and Working Lands.

a. Complete an assessment of best practices from other states for establishing inventories for net sequestration and storage and existing Oregon data that could be used to create an inventory for Oregon Natural and Working Lands. Create a draft scope of work and preliminary cost estimates for the Oregon inventory.

b. Complete a final scope of work for establishing an inventory of net sequestration and storage for Oregon’s natural and working lands and complete a cost estimates for completing the inventory. 


Background and Objectives for the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for Natural and Working Lands in Oregon has been completed.

GHG Inventory Definitions produced by the technical teams.

GHG Inventory Definitions, including addendums recommended by the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Proposed basic and Tier 3 methodologies were developed and included in the project report.

6) Complete a final report on the N&WL Proposal including a recap of the process and key deliverables.

a. Complete a draft final report for review by August 15, 2023. The draft report was completed by 1 August 2023.

b. Complete a final report by September 15, 2023.


The draft report was completed by 1 August 2023.

INR submitted the final report, "Final Report: Foundational Elements to Advance the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s Natural and Working Lands Proposal", to the Oregon Global Warming Commission on 27 September 2023 and to the project funders on 29 September 2023. INR is waiting for permission from the Oregon Global Warming Commission to post the final report on this webpage.