UPPER SUGAR RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION: Looking Forward: Strategic Planning for the Next Five Years


Specific project activities: The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association is taking on a River Planning Grant to update the strategic plan for the Upper Sugar River Watershed (USRW). An updated strategic plan is needed to strengthen the organization, further its reach, and stay relevant in the community. Project activities are: 1) hire a strategic planning consultant to provide guidance and facilitation during the strategic planning process, 2) form a 3-5 person strategic planning committee comprised of the hired strategic planning consultant, the USRWA Executive Director, and members from the Board of Directors, 3) engage stakeholders with various backgrounds in the strategic planning process by providing an online opportunity to share views on issues related to the USRW, 4) host two retreat-style meetings for the entire Board of Directors and strategic planning committee to compile and consider online survey data and to discuss the mission, vision, values, and organizational goals, 5) build new website and curate updated promotional tools, 6) receive Board approval and publish the final draft of the 5-year strategic plan, 7) obtain spatial data of the USRW and create/update watershed maps (including land use, land cover/topography, recreational sites, and past and current conservation focus areas), 8) increase funding and organizational support to local schools in their efforts to provide environmental education and opportunities for their students to experience the outdoors, 9) increase the capacity for regional-based invasive species management beyond the USRW. Project final deliverables: A full description of the project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports must be submitted to the Department along with, or prior to, the grantee\2019s final payment request

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