About nine months ago this group started as a Facebook post about a concert. We’ve come a long way.
Today we have almost 700 members and some solid ideas, plans and tools for how to effectively tackle the growing problem we see around us – the desecration of our forests and mountain towns.
This article is about one tool – our ability to report in real time on the issues, to our agency partners and our neighbors; and secondly, to document the problem (long-term) in order to get the help we need to change things.
The basis for all other plans is our reporting tool. You, members, make this happen by using it when you see and take pictures of the stuff you find out there in the woods.
We have completely redeveloped that tool, in-house, in order to provide the structured data, agency reporting, and filtered reports that we need to make change. That’s what we all joined this group for.
As stated on a recent FB post, we can no longer take “reports” via Facebook, but only via this reporting tool. Why is that?
- The scope of the problem is too large to glean information from hundreds of FB posts and comments. It is time-consuming and inefficient.
- We need solid, structured data that we can “crunch” in order to document the problem to people who can help us.
- Agency and governmental personnel are not even allowed to engage via social media, so we are merely “talking amongst ourselves”. They can engage here.
- We need a place to have structured and long-term conversations about our forest issues. Facebook is great for day-to-day chatting, but not good for this. That is where our website and the reporting tools come in. The future forums will help, too, but that a subject for a different post.
So, with that, please log in and view the reporting tool, and 2 “example” reports. It’s all under the “Reports” link in the main menu (that shows up once you are logged in). One report is a line-item report that is largely what we’ve been sending to the agencies this year. Now you get to see it. The other is a map-based report from the same data. Right now there is only a handful of this year’s data entered, but in the coming months, it will all be there. And then, when you report via this tool, it will show up in real time.
So, please continue to help us in this effort. Sign up to be a member of this website so you can view and report - https://p2pforestwatch.org/support/become-member. If you’re already a member, log in and take a look at https://p2pforestwatch.org/report/incident-report and the reports mentioned under the “Report” tab. Feel free to comment to firstname.lastname@example.org or on FB.
And, thanks so much for getting us this far.