Karen Firehock

Karen Firehock

Karen Firehock

Email Address karenfirehock@earthlink.net

Position or Title Principal

Professional Biography Ms. Firehock has served as a neutral for multi-party negotiations for the past 11 years and has more than 25 years of experience in environmental planning. She is currently the principal of Fireside Collaboratives, a small woman-owned company that specializes in neutral multi-stakeholder negotiation and mediation concerning land use issues. For the past 11 years she has been a graduate school lecturer at the University of Virginia (UVA) in environmental planning, watershed management and landscape design. She directs an environmental planning nonprofit organization, the Green Infrastructure Center where she convenes multi-stakeholder groups to devise comprehensive environmental plans. FOr 7 years she was as a Senior Associate at UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation.  She has facilitated groups from the national to the local level.  She served for several years as the national outreach coordinator for the USDA Forest Service’s Roundtable on Sustainable Forests to develop measures for indicators of forest health. Examples of her local work include facilitating the watershed planning process for Fairfax County Virginia for 8 watersheds. She is currently facilitating a multi-stakeholder process to develop goals for restorting the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. She also designed and implemented a training course in consensus building across the country and authored books on collaboration and consensus building and community collaboration.

Address Line 1 P.O. box 317

City Charlottesville

State Virginia

Zip 22902

Phone 434-249-2492

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 15

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Forest and Timber IssuesCherokee National Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative2011
Watershed Management and/or PlanningLittle Rocky Run and Johnny Moores Creek Plan2009
Water QualityFairfax Watershed Planning2007
Coastal Zone and/or Marine Management IssuesSeaside Management Plan2007
Recycling and/or ConservationSustainable Packaging Coalition2003

Case Size

Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsCherokee National Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative2011
Cases involving more than 60 participantsRoundatable on Sustainable Forests2002
Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsBi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee2000

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

Large landscape scaleCherokee National Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative2011
Local/communityFairfax Watershed Planning2007
National or regionally significant casesDept. of Energy Nuclear Waste Reporting1999

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Seaside Management Plan2007
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsRoundatable on Sustainable Forests2002
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsDept. of Energy Nuclear Waste Reporting1999

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