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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Water Resource Management for Line and Staff Officers (WRMLO)

Photograph: Borah Peak, Idaho May 4, 2007. Salmon-Challis NF/Lost River RD.
Borah Peak, ID; Salmon-Challis NF/Lost River RD
Photograph: Carson Falls on the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF/Carson RD. Find-A-Photo. Photographer unknown.
Carson Falls, NV

Objectives & Description:

This course is designed to provide Line and Staff Officers with information essential for effective leadership of Forest Service water resource issues and activities.

Instructors include Forest Supervisors, researchers, lawyers, professors, and representatives from the broader water user community.

The course is focused on providing Forest Supervisors, District Rangers, Staff Officers, and Program Managers with foundations in law, philosophy, and the insight needed to strategically guide water resource and watershed management activities at the Forest level.

The course explores the competing demands, values, tensions, and opportunities related to water and the management of National Forest System lands.

Attendees will learn:

  • How important water is in a global and national context.
  • The role the Forest Service plays in water resource management.
  • The shared responsibility the Forest Service has with other federal and state entities in water resource development, water quality protection and management.
  • The complex nature of water allocation and management issues and the importance of values in water issues.
  • The importance of leadership to effectively focus talent and resources in the complex multi-agency water management arena.
  • How to position your National Forest to deal effectively with current and emerging water issues.

(Text by J. Potyondy)

Agenda - 2016

WRMLO Brochure 2018
PDF (161 KB)
(To Be Developed)

Request in AgLearn for FY18

Target Audience:
Forest Supervisors, District Rangers, Staff Officers, and Program Managers
Participants are selected by the training cadre, who strive for diversity and nation-wide distribution of management experiences.

Tuition: $500 (does NOT include travel, lodging and meals).

  • Instruction
  • Materials



Nomination Status:

Spring 2018

Fort Collins, Colorado

Facilities: USDA Forest Service
Vendor: USDA Forest Service/National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center

Request in AgLearn

Please contact Shelly Witt if you have problems registering in AgLearn.

Agenda & Workshop/Registraton Info | SF-182 Information |

AgLearn Keywords: 2500 300

Finding in AgLearn

Dropping from the Workshop: Participants are selected by the training cadre, who strive for diversity and nation-wide distribution of management experiences. You can drop until final participant selection is made. If you are selected as a participant and confirm you are considered registered. Once you are registered and you need to drop from the course, check with us first, just in case we have a waiting list. If there is not a waiting list, you will need to find a substitute or pay fixed costs. The budget allocated based on current confirmation. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.


Workshop Content - Dave Levinson, PhD, USDA Forest Service, National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center, WO/WFWARP

Administration/Registration: TBA




  • Cadre Coordinator: David Levinson, USDA Forest Service, National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center Program Leader, WO
  • Mike Eberle, USDA Forest Service, Surface Water Program Leader, WO
  • Polly Hays, USDA Forest Service, Regional Water Program Manager, R2
  • TBA, USDA Forest Service, Forest Supervisor

Disclaimers | Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) | Privacy Notice

Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

Photo Credits

USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
(202) 205-8333

 Last Modified: October 2014