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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

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'Air' includes the areas of air quality and meteorology.

The Air Resources program assists field specialists in attaining the Chief's air priorities and manage resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective.

Air Quality

The Forest Service monitors the effects of air pollution that may impair visibility, harm human health, injure trees and other plants, acidify or cause unnatural fertilization of streams and lakes, leach nutrients from soils, and degrade cultural resources, like archeological sites and historical buildings. Forest activities that can affect air quality such as prescribed burning, ski areas, and mining are also monitored to ensure compliance with air regulations for human health and to monitor possible impacts to natural resources.

For more information about the Forest Service and its role in protecting air quality, visit Air Resource Management at

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Fire Wise

Paul Miller Air Award - 2012

Janice Peterson of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Janice Peterson, Air Quality Specialist on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie NF, is the recipient of this year’s Paul Miller Air Resource Management Award. This award recognizes singularly outstanding performance by an air quality specialist, manager, scientist, or technician who displays excellence through initiative, skill, determination, commitment, and/or achievement in furthering the stewardship of air resources on National Forests and Grasslands. She is recognized for is recognized for her significant leadership during the 2012 wildfire season in Washington. Janice demonstrated tremendous skill working in coordination with county, State, and Federal partners to share information about smoke forecasts, summarize monitoring data, and communicate this information to community decision - makers and the public. The result of her effort was a model for future coordination of air quality impacts from wildfires in Washington and Oregon.

Award Winners Announcement Letter: PDF 27.4 KB


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Washington, D.C. Office
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator, WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
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P.O. Box 96090
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