Welcome - Our Mission
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:
- Protect, sustain, and improve the water and watershed resources and services.
- Protect ecosystems by ensuring that proposed management activities promote conservation of biological diversity.
- Restore deteriorated ecosystems
by ensuring their biological health, diversity,
- Provide multiple benefits to
people within the capabilities of ecosystems
by enhancing ecosystem productivity, managing
public access, and increasing environmental
- Improve organizational effectiveness
by ensuring that: appropriate skills are acquired
and maintained; our customers'/owners' needs
and desires are understood and used in decisionmaking
through collaboration; the best science-based
information is available; emphasis is placed
on monitoring and evaluation; and findings are
applied to improve the effectiveness of our
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.