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Welcome to the Forest Service - Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants program web site. We cover a wide variety of topics and we are located across the nation. Our staff provides support and coordination to the public and the agency regions, forests and districts.

This web site will give you a taste of our diversity and is designed for our various customers. We laid things out by topic with multiple paths to each topic.

If you want to understand our administrative layout select the "staff" link on the left hand navigations. The search engine takes you through the whole agency, not just our staff pages. If you want to find specific staffs, you need to add the word "staff" to the search. Or try "advanced" searches once you have done your initial search. You are also welcome to contact any of our staff or web site administrator directly.

Our official staff acronym is WFW. You may also see WFWARP on some of our pages or in communication with staff members.

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Natural Resource Awards - Call for Nominations

Call letter for awards terrestrial in nature: PDF (262 KB)

  • Reply Due: December 5, 2014

RTTF Call Letter for award nominations: PDF (195 KB)

  • Reply Due: December 12, 2014

You NEED Bats ... and they need your help

The Forest Service is a leader in bat education and outreach, and we’re proud to be part of a broad coalition of private and public partners dedicated to bat conservation. Check out these great resources for bat education. Share with friends - like Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams are doing.

Did you know the Forest Service is contributing to bat conservation in a BIG and very important way? Our scientists with Research and Development, are leaders in understanding bats and collaborate with Universities to better understand bat biology and populations.

Watch this great video of PSWRS’s Ted Weller’s work with Humboldt State University.

R&D scientists are also leaders in understanding the cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that causes White-nose syndrome (WNS). This invasive fungus is responsible for killing more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada since 2007. Forest Service developed a USDA Forest Service Research and Development National Science Strategy on White Nose Syndrome to coordinate in-house expertise in applied science, and transfer research into on-the-ground management strategies. The strategy focuses on Forest Service research capabilities to detect the fungus, reduce the spread, and recover bat populations.

Forest Service Research and Development is a leader in fungal pathology, invasive species control, monitoring design, and bat ecology and is collaborating with diverse partners to control the spread of the WNS fungus and reduce disease-induced mortality. R&D is working in the following areas:

Bat Ecology, Genetics, and Demographics - We have completed range-wide analyses of the effects of WNS to bat populations, their genetic diversity and viability, and their requirements for conservation.

  • Wildlife biologist Sybill Amelon is currently evaluating genetic viability of the Indiana bat based on current population losses. Using hibernacula count data and models, she also has estimated population declines for four WNS-affected bat species.

  • With university collaborators, Deahn Donner and Paula Marquardt are currently developing landscape genetics approaches to identify disease-resistant populations that can be targeted for conservation efforts.

  • Research ecologist Susan Loeb leads the North American Bat Monitoring Program protocol development, providing the statistical and logistical architecture for coordinated bat monitoring nationwide.

Evaluation of Pathogen Genetics – Mycologist Daniel Lindner and a team of scientists genetically identified the WNS fungus as Pseudogymnoascus destructans, and designed the most accurate and sensitive DNA technique for detecting the fungus in samples from almost any source.

Genetic Control of Pseudogymnoascus destructans - Analysis of the fungi in the laboratory allowed scientists to characterize factors that differentiate Pseudogymnoascus destructans from non-pathogenic relatives, and developed a technique to turn selected Pd genes off.

Bacterial Control of Pseudogymnoascus destructans - With university collaborators, Amelon is investigating compounds derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria for inhibiting growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans on bat species. We are hopeful that this approach may increase bat survival to allow them an opportunity to adapt to the presence of the pathogen thereby slowing the rate of WNS mortality.

Support to Land Managers - Land managers now have an easy-to-read overview of the current knowledge about WNS geared for land managers by research wildlife biologist Roger Perry. Since 2008, USFS has been an actively engaged with the national interagency team responding to WNS, known as the “WNS National Plan.”

So –- if you love bats (and don’t we all?), thank a Forest Service scientist for the ground-breaking and visionary work they’re leading in addressing WNS!

  • “Battle for Bats” Film. This cornerstone of the White-nose Syndrome (WNS) communication effort focuses on bats as important and fascinating animals, the reality that we are rapidly losing millions of our bats to WNS, information on how state and federal agencies and non-profits are working together to fight this devastating disease, and the important role that the public can play in bat conservation. The 13.5 minute video is available in both English and Spanish, and can be viewed at

  • BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure – An online, one-stop resource for learning about bats, and gaining skills to help others become bat champions! You will find lesson plans, exciting recorded webcasts and webinars, links to great bat partners, and multimedia tools that are all focused on bats! Go to for all these free resources and more.

Videos - Front Seats to Nature @ your Forest

  • “Battle for Bats” Film. Film focuses on bats as important and fascinating animals, the reality that we are rapidly losing millions of our bats to WNS, information on how state and federal agencies and non-profits are working together to fight this devastating disease, and the important role that the public can play in bat conservation. The 13.5 minute video is available in both English and Spanish, and can be viewed at

  • Clackamas Complete. Freshwaters Illustrated. A 4-minute video produced in Partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service on the return of threatened Bull Trout to Oregon's Clackamas River.

  • Of A Greater Power - The Value of the Last Wild Rivers. Freshwaters Illustrated. A 3-minute preview produced in partnership with Asociación ANAI on the dam-threatened rivers of Southern Costa Rica and Panama, and the indigenous people who rely on them...and who are now using science to document their ecological value We are still seeking funding to complete a feature film on this story, and welcome any support and fundraising leads you may have to offer.

  • The Lost Fish - Feature Film. The Struggle to Save Pacific Lamprey is now available for screenings and presentations to FI members. You can learn more at

  • USDA & Coca Cola Water Stewardship Partnership
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola are partnering to sustain our nation's water supply. Through a public-private partnership, they are working together with other organizations to restore and protect damaged watersheds in the National Forest System. Chris Savage explains.

  • Salmon Cam: Back in action. Check out the mature sockeye (and other species) swim around in the stream. Live feed camera from Steep Creek, Juneau, Alaska. Remember, it is Live ... and it does occasionally get dark at night in Alaska. If the video is "black", the camera might not be broken; it might be night.

    30 seconds of a bear catching salmon filmed underwater by the FS Steep Creek Salmon Cam!

  • "Water Safety on the White Mountain National Forest": focuses on water safety but also illustrates the value of water.

  • "Water Life: Episode 1 - Mountain Whitefish; Ghosts of Glenwood Canyon". No FS Connection
    "...Mountain Whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) are a forgotten fish in many western waters, yet embody the very power and purity that mountain rivers symbolize. Peer through the bubbles to appreciate these masters of whitewater. Water Life is a series of short portraits on freshwater species, ecosystems, and issues ..."
    [Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated]

  • "Restoring Hope": focuses on work being accomplished in the Jackknife watershed/Caribou-Targhee NF (SE Idaho). Jackknife is a priority watersheds. The video keeps a general perspective of the ongoing efforts across the forest with Trout Unlimited and other partners.

  • "Water & Wood": Wood in streams. " ... features Forest Service biologist, Kate Meyer, and highlights a partnership between the Willamette NF and the McKenzie River Watershed Council to improve habitat for aquatic life, specifically the federally listed Willamette Spring Chinook Salmon. They have also included a tribute to Forest Service visionary, Jim Sedell, who many of you will recognize as a key player in the early science exploring the role of wood in streams, not to mention many other big contributions (Northwest Forest Plan, River Continuum Concept)."
    [Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated]

  • "Weeks Act": Legislation that works. John Wingate Weeks. 1911.
    Entertaining and good learning. Navigate the rivers. Trees.
    [Marek Bennett/Creater]

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