This section is designed to help you, and your partners, create areas and opportunities to view and learn about wildlife, fish, and wildflowers. Please review the NatureWatch Program Development section first. Here you will find a narrated slide show to introduce you to NatureWatch Program Development.
The materials collected in this section are some of the finest efforts developed on the subjects of wildlife, fish, and wildflower viewing, nature-tourism, and environmental education/interpretation. Using these materials for the development of your NatureWatch Program will ensure that your efforts are efficient, economical, and state-of-the-art.
The benefits of being able to see what is currently available instead of reinventing
the wheel or starting from scratch are immeasurable. Downloading these materials will allow the information to be at your fingertips when you need it.
National Forests provide some of the finest nature viewing opportunities in the world. Wildlife, fish, and wildflower viewing has become the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States, second only to gardening. Nature-based tourism is a booming worldwide industry that is growing daily. Although it is encouraging to see this growing interest, we have a responsibility to ensure that nature viewing on public lands does not impair the protection and conservation of our natural We also have the responsibility to raise the level of public awareness and appreciation to future generations can experience the wonders of nature, be responsible for their actions, and become advocates these two responsibilities is the challenge we all share.
I would personally like to thank everyone from the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, state government agencies, partners, educators, and individuals who contributed materials for the development of this projet. I hope this helps you do the work you love.
National NatureWatch Program Leader
USDA Forest Service