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Partnering with federal agencies, universities and other institutions for research, technical assistance, and education to enhance understanding and management of natural and cultural resources.
Managing federal lands and waters is complex. Agencies' responsibilities overlap across jurisdictions and authorities, and agencies' priorities sometimes conflict with others'. Effective stewardship of federal lands requires agencies to work across boundaries cooperatively. The Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local governments, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. The CESU Network includes 371 partners, including 15 federal agencies in seventeen CESUs representing biogeographic regions encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Technical assistance is a key part of the goal of the CESU National Network, which was established “to improve the scientific base for managing federal lands by providing resource managers with high-quality scientific research, technical assistance, and education through working partnerships involving federal agencies, universities, tribal groups, state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.”
OSU is also a member of the Great Basin CESU.
The Pacific Northwest CESU (PNW CESU) – hosted by the University of Washington – includes Oregon State University, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Southern Oregon University among its 17 academic institutions, one state agency, and 11 federal agencies dedicated to natural and cultural resource management. Currently operating under a 2015-2020 Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement, the PNW CESU has been officially approved for another five-year renewal term and aims to:
Since the PNW CESU Agreement began in October 2000, over $82 million in biological, physical, social, cultural and interdisciplinary sciences projects have been funded, with OSU receiving the largest proportion of the funds.
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The Colorado Plateau CESU (CPCESU) is hosted by Northern Arizona University and operates under a 2014-2019 Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement.