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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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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 great resources for bat education.

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Call for Award Nominations - 2015

Time to get going on writng your colleague's award nomination for 2015. The various award descriptions and criteria are posted on the WFWARP Award page.

Making Tracks/Wild Turkey :: Due Date: December 21, 2015




FS-BLM Conservation Awards  ::  Due Date: December 21, 2015

  • Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management “Joint Conservation Partner”
  • Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management “Joint Conservation Project”

Lloyd W. Swift Sr. Award  ::  Due Date: December 21, 2015

Jack Adams Award  ::  Due Date: December 21, 2015

Forest Service/Mule Deer Foundation Award  ::  Due Date: December 21, 2015

Rise to the Future Awards (RTTF)  ::  Due Date: December 18, 2015

  • Tribal Accomplishment
  • Aquatic Recreational Accomplishment
  • Collaborative Aquatic Stewardship
  • Friends of the Fish/Watershed
  • Public Awareness
  • Line Officer
  • Partnership
  • Professional Excellence – Fish Management
  • Jim Sedell Research Achievement
  • Field Soil Scientist of the Year
  • “Wagon Wheel Gap” Hydrology
  • Paul Miller Air Award
Videos - Front Seats to Nature @ your Forest

  • "A Deeper Creek - The Watchable Waters of Southern Appalachia". The film, created by our partner Freshwaters Illustrated, highlights the Cherokee National Forest’s innovative Youth Snorkeling program. Contact Forest Service's NatureWatch Program for a “Snorkeling Toolkit” which helps Forests or Partners develop a youth freshwater snorkeling program.
  • 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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