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The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. http://www.nationalforests.org/ The Forest Service manages a system of 154 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.

Mission: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission, which we accomplish through five main activities: Protection and management of natural resources on National Forest System lands. Research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, and forest resource utilization. Community assistance and cooperation with State and local governments, forest industries, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-Federal forest and associated range and watershed lands to improve conditions in rural areas. Achieving and supporting an effective workforce that reflects the full range of diversity of the American people. International assistance in formulating policy and coordinating U.S. support for the protection and sound management of the world's forest resources.

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Lindsey Bell, a high school senior from Goodyear, Arizona, won the 17th Annual International Junior Foresters Competitio...
12/30/2020

Lindsey Bell, a high school senior from Goodyear, Arizona, won the 17th Annual International Junior Foresters Competition for her paper on “Insect Cadavers: A Means to Increased Seedling Growth.” Lindsey is passionate about environmental science and natural resources. She has her sights set on a career doing research—maybe even with the USDA Forest Service—or teaching at the high school or college level. Congratulations, Lindsey! https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/arizona-high-school-senior-wins-international-junior-foresters-competition

The Forest Service made significant strides toward Shared Stewardship this year to make sure the "right work happens in ...
12/28/2020

The Forest Service made significant strides toward Shared Stewardship this year to make sure the "right work happens in the right place at the right time." These agreements strengthen our ability to prioritize work across boundaries, increase forest resiliency, protect communities, and produce jobs that stabilize economies. So far, 44 states and territories are involved. https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/shared-stewardship

Time to burn off the holiday calories! There are 150,000 miles of trails and 57,000 miles of streams waiting for your vi...
12/27/2020

Time to burn off the holiday calories! There are 150,000 miles of trails and 57,000 miles of streams waiting for your visit on your national forests and grasslands! Always remember to recreate responsibly and respectfully. #SundayFunday

Have you ever seen an ice cave? This beauty comes to us from the U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest. Always r...
12/26/2020

Have you ever seen an ice cave? This beauty comes to us from the U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest. Always remember to recreate safely and responsibly.

The USDA Forest Service wants to acknowledge we have employees celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa...
12/25/2020

The USDA Forest Service wants to acknowledge we have employees celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and an entire spectrum of holidays in between.

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12/25/2020

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Merry Christmas from USDA! May the holiday season fill your home with warmth, joy and love ❤️

Renewing Body and Spirit, Inspiring Passion for the Land“Perhaps the rebuilding of the body and spirit is the greatest s...
12/24/2020

Renewing Body and Spirit, Inspiring Passion for the Land
“Perhaps the rebuilding of the body and spirit is the greatest service derivable from our forests, for what worth are material things if we lose the character and quality of people that are the soul of America.” - Arthur Carhart, Forest Service Landscape Architect, 1919
Caption: 1921 - Forest Guard Soderback on Clear Lake, California, during survey with Forest Landscape Architect, Arthur Carhart #throwbackthursday

The USDA Forest Service and its partners are thinking outside the box through innovative financial solutions to solve so...
12/22/2020

The USDA Forest Service and its partners are thinking outside the box through innovative financial solutions to solve some of forest managements most vexing challenges. Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation on the U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest is developing solutions to address deferred maintenance backlogs that could have a nationwide impact. https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/common-interests-potential-solution-deferred-maintenance

Apply now! Join the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. Visit go.usa.gov/xfdRR for more information about our curr...
12/21/2020

Apply now! Join the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. Visit go.usa.gov/xfdRR for more information about our current hiring opportunities or apply on USAJOBS.gov.

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -Rache...
12/20/2020

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -Rachel Carson

Did you know that over 215,000 Christmas Tree Permits have already been purchased online? Cutting down your own tree is ...
12/19/2020

Did you know that over 215,000 Christmas Tree Permits have already been purchased online? Cutting down your own tree is the perfect way to create a memorable holiday experience, and help maintain a healthy forest. Purchase your permit now at https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits

Did you know that Southeast Ohio’s Appalachian Mountains are home to the oldest and most biologically diverse forest and...
12/18/2020

Did you know that Southeast Ohio’s Appalachian Mountains are home to the oldest and most biologically diverse forest and freshwater systems in North America? Today the USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen joined Ohio State Forester Dan Balser to sign a Declaration for Shared Stewardship, the 20th state-level Shared Stewardship agreement between the USDA and state governments. This declaration strengthens a shared commitment to collaborate across boundaries and jurisdictions when managing forests in the state of Ohio. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r9/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD866359

The Forest Service is proposing updates to its internal guidance on managing its 95 million acres of rangelands. From we...
12/18/2020

The Forest Service is proposing updates to its internal guidance on managing its 95 million acres of rangelands. From wet grasslands to desert shrub, these open spaces are diverse ecosystems that provide forage for domestic livestock, habitat for wildlife, clean water, and recreation opportunities for communities. The proposed updates conform to recent legislative direction, and incorporate lessons learned from nearly 30 years of implementing the rangeland management program. They ultimately aim to provide greater management flexibility, improve the clarity of policies and procedures, and greatly improve the customer experience for permit holders. Learn more about these changes and how to provide feedback at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/18/2020-27945/forest-service-manual-2200-chapters-zero-10-20-30-40-50-and-70-forest-service-handbook-220913

We’re continuing to update our timber processes and policies pertaining to the sale and disposal of forest products, and...
12/18/2020

We’re continuing to update our timber processes and policies pertaining to the sale and disposal of forest products, and we need your input. The proposed amendments address changes in authorities granted by Congress. They would also add policies and direction designed to improve efficiency and increase the pace of forest restoration. You can review them and provide your comments over the next 60 days: http://federalregister.gov/d/2020-27949

Although the USDA Forest Service National Technology and Development Program turns 75 this year, its historic archive co...
12/18/2020

Although the USDA Forest Service National Technology and Development Program turns 75 this year, its historic archive contains documents that share a much longer history. Check out its ax manual, to learn how this tool has changed over 1000s of years! https://go.usa.gov/x7Kaa

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson #ThursdayThinking
12/17/2020

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson #ThursdayThinking

Happy 75th anniversary to the National Technology and Development Program, our “go-to” program for solving some of the a...
12/17/2020

Happy 75th anniversary to the National Technology and Development Program, our “go-to” program for solving some of the agency’s most challenging technological problems! www.fs.fed.us/t-d

12/16/2020
America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell Debuts Special Colorado Christmas Episode on Dec. 17

Please join us to celebrate the culmination of the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the premiere of the America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell Christmas Special! Catch the premiere Dec. 17 at 8:00 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS or rmpbs.org.

During this special episode, Leavell travels to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests to follow the journey – from selection and cutting…

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." – Aristotle #TuesdayThoughts
12/15/2020

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." – Aristotle #TuesdayThoughts

"Going to the mountains is like going home." – John Muir #MondayMotivation
12/14/2020

"Going to the mountains is like going home." – John Muir #MondayMotivation

Did you know that it's the USDA Forest Service National Technology and Development Program's 75th anniversary? They prov...
12/14/2020

Did you know that it's the USDA Forest Service National Technology and Development Program's 75th anniversary? They provide technological solutions like backward flying parachutes that provide smokejumpers with more precise landings. Learn more at www.fs.fed.us/t-d.

The USDA Forest Service closes out Biochar Week and hopes you have learned many new things about this soil ameliorant. F...
12/13/2020

The USDA Forest Service closes out Biochar Week and hopes you have learned many new things about this soil ameliorant. Forest restoration treatments create tons of waste that is normally burned in slash piles that damage the soil. Converting that waste to biochar rather than burning helps capture carbon and reduce soil damage. https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/science-spotlights/making-biochar-waste-woody-biomass

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The Forest Service manages a system of 154 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land.

The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. http://www.nationalforests.org/

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