Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants
USDA FOREST SERVICE
Caring for the land and serving people
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 ‘Home’ tab at the top of the page (cursor over the tab). You are welcome to contact any of our staff or web site administrator directly.
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 was designed for our various customers. We laid things out by topic with multiple paths to each topic.
Role of the Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants, Soil & Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species Programs in Ecosystem Management
The WFW role is sharing leadership with other programs when meeting our land and service ethics, and carrying out our mission to be conservation leaders for the next century. Specifically - positive, recognizable, well-integrated programs that:
The Chief expects line officers to develop wildlife and fish programs within the context of ecosystem management to a level of excellence that clearly demonstrates conservation leadership. The Chief expects wildlife and fisheries biologists, ecologists, and botanists to bring their special technical expertise to promote the sustainability of ecosystems. Everyone is expected to work closely with our customers and partners in accomplishing our objectives. The health, diversity, and productivity of National Forest System wildlife, fish, and plant communities -- and opportunities for their use and enjoyment -- will be the measures of our success.
Below are the respective recipients of the 2015 National Rise to the Future Awards for excellence and leadership in Fisheries, Hydrology, Soil Science, and Air Programs. Awards presented in May 2016.
Aquatic Recreational Accomplishment: Deborah Urich from the Tahoe National Forest and David Lass from Trout Unlimited
Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship – co-winner: The Knutson Dam Improvement Project on the Chippewa National Forest
Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship – co-winner: Sandy River Basin Partners on the Mt. Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger
Partnership: Brian Hodge from Trout Unlimited
Professional Excellence - Fish Management – co-winner: Mark Moulton from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Professional Excellence - Fish Management – co-winner: Jerry Monzingo from the Gila National Forest
Friend of the Fish/Watershed: Johanna Kovarik from the Washington Office of Mineral & Geology
Public Awareness: Karen Holligsworth from Wildlife Forever
Tribal Accomplishment: The Hopi Tribe and the Kaibab National Forest
Jim Sedell Research Achievement: The NorWeST/Climate Shield/National Stream Internet Science and Data Team
Field Soil Scientist: Dennis Landwehr from the Tongass National Forest
“Wagon Wheel Gap” Hydrology: Daniel Cenderelli from the National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center
Special Category Award for “Lifetime Achievement”: Ron Medel from the Tongass National Forest
Special Category Award for “Exceptional Volunteerism”: The Quivira Coalition, working with the Carson National Forest
Forest Service lichenologist Sarah Jovan and Forest Service Economist Geoff Donovan's groundbreaking study uncovered levels of cadmium and arsenic pollution high enough to cause cancer. The results have state officials rewriting air pollution rules while residents run to their doctors for blood and urine tests.
Each year the USDA Forest Service recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements by natural resource professionals in the Forest Service, as well as significant partner contributions to wildlife, fish and native plant conservation. We are pleased to announce the 2016 recipients! Detailed descriptions about the awards and award winners will be available soon.
2016 Jack Adams Award Recipient is Cary Thompson, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Flagstaff Ranger District on the Coconino National Forest.
2016 Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management “Joint Conservation Partner” Award Recipient is the Northeastern California/Northwestern Elk Management and Aerial Surveys project.
Staff Spot Lights
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!
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.
This 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 HERE..
The Struggle to Save Pacific Lamprey is now available for screenings and presentations to FI members.
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.
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.
Subsistence in Southeast Alaska from Sitka Conservation Society on Vimeo.
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.
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.
"...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]
This film 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]
A Deeper Creek - Watchable
Waters of S. Appalachia
Battle for Bats
The Lost Fish
A Return of Bull Trout
Of A Greater Power - The
Value of the Last Wild Rivers
Subsistence in SE Alaska:
The Tongass NFSFRM Prog
USDA & Coca Cola Water
Bear Catches Salmon
Water Safety on the White
Mountain National Forest
Water Life: Episode 1
Water Life: Episode 2
Water & Wood