NAVAJO NATION INTEGRATED RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Arizona, Utah, New Mexico

DHM is currently working with the Navajo Division of Natural Resources on an integrated resource management plan (IRMP) for the Nation’s forestlands. The Navajo Forestlands IRMP focuses on the natural and cultural resources that are important to meeting the development and preservation goals of the Navajo Nation.

The purpose of the Navajo Forestlands IRMP is to increase interdisciplinary coordination for management issues important to the Diné: increased administrative efficiency such as reduced duplication of effort and fewer contradictory directives to staff, greater governmental transparency to Tribal members and the general public, more consistent management of resources through funding and staff transitions, values-driven resource management based on public input, enhanced resource sustainability resulting from a vision-driven planning effort, enhanced third-party funding based on clear statements of Navajo Nation priorities, and improved communications with regional partners eager for clear statements of Tribal priorities. The project also pays careful attention to the need for balance with regard to protection, conservation, health and well-being, and the future growth of the Navajo Nation.

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