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Challenges of the Continent

Despite high development levels in North America, sustainable natural resource management remains a challenge. While the USDA Forest Service operates a large domestic program, International Programs provides synergy for cross cutting collaborative work among Canada, Mexico and the United States in a wide range of topics:


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Policy and Research to Improve Forest Management
We partner with Canada and Mexico on a host of multilateral efforts including CITES, Montreal Process, UN Forum on Forests. Visit the policy section of our website for more background on these issues.


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North American Forest Commission
The North American Forest Commission, under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, provides a policy and technical forum for Canada, Mexico and the United States-a forum to address current forest issues that affect the continent. By supporting research and natural resource management activities through the different working groups, the Commission can apply subsequent results to help other regions facing similar conditions. For more information on the Commission, the working groups, and their activities, click here.


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USDA Forest Service Expertise On the Ground
We work bilaterally with Mexico on a host of technical issues including fire and watershed management. For a detailed description of our program in Mexico, click here.


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Migratory Birds Throughout the Americas
Through an innovative partnership with Ducks Unlimited (DU), International Programs works with DU chapters in both Canada and Mexico to develop migration strategies for habitat protection along migration routes. Click here to learn more about this program to save some of America's favorite species-including the monarch butterfly, the Swainson's Hawk and others. This section of the website also highlights current North American initiatives to help conserve wildlife habitats and migratory species.


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