Watershed councils are comprised of people from the local communities. They represent local knowledge with ties to the existing community and its complexity. Watershed councils work across jurisdictional boundaries and across agency mandates to look at the watershed more holistically. The council can be a forum to bring local, state, and federal land management agencies and plans together with local property owners and private land managers. The council forum provides local people with a voice in natural resource management that can significantly influence watershed management decisions.