Coordinated Resource Management (CRM)


The Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) program empowers local people to resolve land use and natural resource issues using collaborative problem solving. Through CRM, stakeholders form local coalitions that make natural resource decisions by consensus, often leading to effective solutions that generate strong local support.

CRM is defined by four key characteristics. It is: 1) Voluntary 2) Locally-led 3) Landowner-initiated, and 4) Inclusive

View the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for CRM in Washington State.

Program contact:

Ray Ledgerwood, Program Facilitator
Washington State Conservation Commission
Phone: (208) 301-4728 Email:

How Does CRM Work?

We can help you:

  • Decide whether a collaborative process is best.CRM_Tour_Bruce-Roll
  • Identify possible stakeholders, partners, and resource assistance.
  • Locate a facilitator or coach. CRM Coach and Facilitator Roster.
  • Find funding sources and in-kind resources.
  • Troubleshoot specific problem areas and contentious issues.
  • Implement a collaborative group process using our CRM Handbook.

We can give you:

  • Training in collaborative process implementation, facilitation, and grant writing.
  • Opportunities to enhance your skills in meeting facilitation.
  • Interactive field tours showcasing collaborative problem solving processes.

Please contact Ray Ledgerwood to learn more about the CRM collaborative process and how it can help solve your local natural resource challenges.

Who Administers CRM?

Two steering committees administer Washington’s CRM Program:

1) The CRM Executive Committee directs interagency CRM planning activities and works to achieve agency cooperation and coordination throughout Washington State. Executive committee members are appointed from partner state and federal agencies, but representatives of other agencies or organizations are also invited to participate in meetings. Participating agencies include:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • WA State Conservation Commission
  • WA State Department of Natural Resources
  • WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • WSU Cooperative Extension
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • WA Rangeland Committee
  • WA Association of Conservation Districts
  • WA Department of Agriculture
  • WA Department of Ecology

2) The CRM Task Group promotes CRM planning; provides training and guidance to field personnel; and carries out specific assignments of the Executive Committee. Task group members are appointed from private and public entities, and include representatives from the Washington State Conservation Commission. These diverse partners have been promoting collaborative processes for addressing local natural resource issues for more than 20 years. CRM Task Group Contact Information.

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