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Frequently Asked Questions
|1. What is the USDA Forest Service International Programs?
The USDA Forest Service International Programs staff promotes sustainable
forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By
linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USDA Forest Service
with partners overseas, the most critical forestry issues and concerns
are addressed. Navigate our website and learn more about International
2. Where can I get tips on how to explore this website?
For more in-depth inquiry into International Programs, visit our
site map or our main
3. Why is the Forest Service working internationally?
We work internationally to:
- Improve management in some of the world's most threatened forests
including forests in the Amazon
Basin, the Congo,
- Protect U.S. forests from invasive
species that are damaging or could damage our forests;
- Recover the habitat
of the world's endangered species-including the Siberian Tiger,
the Monarch butterfly and the Panda;
- Develop policies
wordwide to promote forest sustainability;
- Level the playing field in international trade through reducing
the amount of underpriced timber on the world market,
- Bring important research knowledge and technology gained overseas
back to the U.S., and
- Provide humanitarian
response support to disasters around the world. Past responses
include support to disasters in Kosovo, the Rwanda genocide and
current teams in Iraq.
4. I am interested in current forest related activities in China.
Does this website offer information about USDA Forest Service work
in that region?
The USDA Forest Service lends its expertise on projects across several
countries in North
America and the Caribbean, Asia
and the Pacific, Africa,
Eurasia, Russia and the Middle East. From the homepage, simply
navigate your way through the Around
the Globe section until you reach the specific country page,
where current activities are listed. In order to access the China
country page, select the Asia
& Pacific region from the Around
the Globe page and then choose China.
5. My forestry project in Bolivia needs technical
assistance in watershed assessment; can International Programs help
me locate expertise in this area or just in forestry?
International Programs collaborates on overseas projects, which
already have funding, on an array of topics that involve natural
resources and forest management, such as: watershed management,
fire management, forest monitoring, invasive species, etc. International
Programs regularly taps into the agency's wide range of expertise.
Wildlife biologists, forest economists, hydrologists, disaster and
fire management specialists, and policy makers are among those who
comprise the staff of over thirty thousand employees. For a detailed
list of topics and related activities within a specific country,
Topics. Select the topic, followed by the country, in which
you are interested. A list of specific activities related to the
topic (i.e. fire) appears under that country. If you have more questions,
contact the specific regional program staff
6. Disasters, such as wars and earthquakes, have devastating
effects on a region's population and natural surroundings. Has the
USDA Forest Service ever been involved in disaster relief efforts
Due to its extensive emergency response capabilities and experience
in wild land and forest firefighting, the USDA Forest Service was
recognized as having unique skills and resources that were suited
to respond to any type of disaster. International Programs' Disaster
Assistance Support Program (DASP), with funding from the US
Agency for International Development's Office
of Foreign Disaster Assistance, provides disaster prevention,
preparedness, and response expertise to U.S. relief efforts overseas.
7. Does the USDA Forest Service have a role among international
forest policy makers?
We work with forest industry, State foresters, environmental non-governmental
organizations, and others to ensure that the U.S. positions on forestry
matters have the advantage of the best technical input and prevent
the U.S. from entering into international agreements, which would
be impossible or costly to implement domestically. The policy staff
of International Programs works to ensure that the U.S. position
on international forest policies and agreements reflects the best
interests of the United States. The USDA Forest Service collaborates
with the State Department, other government agencies, private industry,
and non-government organizations and participates in international
fora to promote sustainable forest management. For more information,
visit the Policy
section of the website.
8. I'm a natural resource manager from Namibia and am very interested
in learning about forest planning and protected area management
in the U.S. Does International Programs offer any workshops or seminars
on this topic?
Every year International Programs and its partners invite natural
resources managers from around the world to participate in two different
international seminars: natural
resources management, protected
area management, watershed
management, and a field
course on wildlands and protected area management. For more
information, visit International
Seminars, where you can find brochures, application forms, and
|9. With whom does International Programs work?
One of our many partners is the U.S.
Agency for International Development, but we also work with various
government agencies, international organizations, non-government organizations,
private industry and universities. The The
World Bank, Ducks
Unlimited, The Nature
State University, the University
of Montana, and the University
of Idaho are some examples of our partners. For an overview list,
visit our Partners page, or select a
regional program to find out specific collaborating organizations.
10. I am working on developing an ecotourism site that needs
additional funding; how can your office help me?
While International Programs does not fund work, we can provide
assessments for project development or technical support to existing
projects. We have collaborated on projects funded by the World
Bank, Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United
Nations Development Program, U.S.
Agency for International Development, and others in every region
of the world. If your project has funding but needs technical assistance,
contact us to explore collaboration possibilities. We can provide
cost effective assistance with the possibility of in-kind contributions.
To find out more, go to Cooperate
11. Are there any opportunities or scholarships to study international
natural resource management?
International Programs does not provide any scholarships directly;
however, the website does offer a list of funding resources to individuals
. A Guide to
Grants, Fellowships and scholarships in International Forestry and
Natural Resources is available under Student
Resources within the Learning
12. My teacher assigned our class a project on the different
forests of the world. Can you help me find some information please?
If you need help with your class project, you've come to the right
place. Just visit the Learning
Zone and head to the Kid's
Treehouse, where you'll find so many interesting facts about
the world's forest. Learn about the temperate, tropical and coniferous
forests as well the animals and plants found there. Test your skills
with our fun games and quizzes!
13. Where can I find past issues of the IP newsletter?
First, visit the recent edition of our Newsletter,
where you will find a hyperlink to Past Issues. You will have access
to issues concerning watershed management, invasive species, and
14. I have so many specific questions, which are not addressed
in this website, about country activities. What should I do?
For further information on a specific program topic, country activities,
or general questions on International Programs, contact one of our
Staff members, who will be glad to help
15. Does International Programs have a mailing list, and how
can I join?
International Programs sends out announcements about our newsletter
and seminar information to our electronic network. To be a part
of our mailing list, please send us your contact information via