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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.

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Videos - Front Seats to Nature @ your Forest

  • 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.

    Our own 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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Award Winners
  • 2013 Forest Service/Mule Deer Foundation Award recipient is Julie Grode; Wildlife Biologist (Retired); Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison NF, Region 2

  • Details pdf
  • 2013 Jack Adams Award recipient is Bobby Grinstead (retired), Forest Fisheries Biologist, National Forests in Florida.
  • 2013 Lloyd Swift Senior Award recipient is Gene DeGayner (retired), Director of Renewable Resources Management, Northern Region.
  • 2013 Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management “ Joint Conservation Partner”: Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF)
  • 2013 Making Tracks - HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECT AWARD recipient is Richard Carpenter
  • 2013 Making Tracks - CONSERVATION EDUCATION AWARD recipient is The Hoosier National Forest in Indiana.
  • 2013 Making Tracks - PARTNERSHIP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recipient is The Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.
Rise to the Future Award Winners
  • Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship Award: The Allegheny Watershed Improvement Needs (WINS) Coalition
  • Friend of the Fish/Watershed Award: Mike Karr - Umpqua National Forest/Diamond Lake Ranger District
  • Line Officer Award: Lynn Burditt - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Partnership Award: Big Blackfoot Chaper of Trout Unlimited
  • Professional Excellence - Fish Management Award:
    • Dr. Nick Schmal; USFS/Eastern Regional Office
    • Richard Standage; Ouachita National Forest
  • Public Awareness Award: Peter Schneider - Tongass National Forest/Juneau Ranger District
  • Tribal Accomplishment Award: Nez Perce Tribe - Department of Fisheries Management
  • Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award: Dr. Wendell Haag - Southern Research Station
  • Special Category for Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Gordon Reeves - Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Special Category for Mentoring Award: Terry Kaplan-Henry - Sequoia National Forest
  • Field Soil Scientist of the Year Award: Terry Craigg - Deschutes National Forest/Sisters Ranger District
  • 'Wagon Wheel Gap' Hydrology Award: Caty Clifton - Umatilla National Forest
  • Paul Miller Air Award: Dr. Robert Musselman - Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Details pdf (180 KB)
EPA Silver Medal Award Winner - Congratulations
  • Chris Carlson received the 2012 Environmental Protection Service - Office of Water's (EPA) National Honor Award for contributions in protecting the nation’s waters from harmful effects through their work on the Forest Roads team. Paul Anderson (USFS) and Stephanie Johnson (USDA Office of General Council) shared in the award. Awardees received the silver medal for superior performance at an Environmental Protection Agency ceremony in December 2013. Chris Carlson (PhD) is the National Groundwater Program Leader/Groundwater Team Lead in a shared position between Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants (WFW) and the Minerals & Geology Management Staffs.
Photograph:  Chris Carlson and Paul Anderson pose in front of historical US map during the EPA award ceremony 2013.
Caption: Chris Carlson and Paul Anderson at award ceremony.
Photograph: EPA Silver Medal
Caption: EPA Silver Medal

Awards: 2013

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  Water - One of the Chief's Emphasis Areas
  Climate Change & Water
  MOUs and MOAs
  Electronic Partnerships Report
 WFW Issue Update Papers
 Celebrating Wildflowers
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