Meet The U.S. Forest Service “Caring for the Land and Serving People”
Introduction to the Forest Service USFS: Manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Largest forestry research Provides technical and financial assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
Establishment of USFS Congress established USFS in 1905. Management of national forests for: Benefits and multiple uses Sustained yield of renewable resource
National Forests: America’s Great Outdoors Size of National Forests = Size of Texas Opportunities for recreation: Backpacking Challenging trails Enjoying the views Fishing
“Caring for the Land and Serving People” USFS managers: Help people share and enjoy the forest Conserve the environment. USFS mission: Protection & management locally and internationally Research
USFS Offices: Ranger District First point of contact with USFS. >600 ranger districts 50,000 acres < District size < 1 million acres Activities include: trail construction campground operation habitat management
USFS Offices: National Forest 155 National Forests & 20 grasslands Several ranger districts Forest supervisor is head; Activities include: District activities Budget allocation District technical support
USFS Offices: Region The 9 regions include several states. Regional forester is head. Activities include: National forest activities Quality operations Guidance for forest plans Budget allocation
USFS Offices: National Level A.k.a.The Washington Office The Chief: Head of USFS Reports to Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment in the USDA. Activities include: Policy & agency direction Budget development with White House Monitors agency activities
The National Forest System USFS manages National Forest System. National Forest System: 44 states, Puerto Rico, & the Virgin Islands U.S. greatest assets: natural resources in these areas
National Forest System: Budget The appropriated budget: $4.8 billion for the 2006 fiscal year.
USFS Research & Development Seven research stations Two quasi-stations Provides: scientific & technical knowledge Conducted through: Forest & range experimentation stations Forest Products Laboratory
Research & Development Major research topics: Inventory & monitoring of lands Forest health protection Management research Ecology Social science 2200 employees: 550 scientists 80% of these scientists have doctorate degrees.
State & Private Forestry USFS cooperates with: State and local governments Forest industries Private landowners Forest users The objectives: Manage, protect, & develop non-Federal forest land Activities include: Urban interface fire management Urban forestry
State & Private Forestry Forest Health Management Cooperative Fire Protection Cooperative Forestry
Administration USFS provides: Leadership Agency business means Cooperation with human resource programs: Americorps Job Corps Senior Community Service Employment Program Volunteer program USFS: Hires & trains employees Evaluates & promotes Hires contractors Acquires office space, equipment, & supplies Acquires, supports, and maintains technology
International Programs USFS globally links people and communities IP strives to protect and manage the world’s forest. IP works with: USAID USDS EPA Non-profit organizations universities
Final Thoughts on USFS USFS has 30,000 diverse employees. Numbers rise in the summer. Vast opportunities for: students senior citizens international visitors interested volunteers.
How to Contact USFS “Guide to Your National Forests” for listings Visit USFS on the web (http://www.fs.fed.us)http://www.fs.fed.us