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Southern Nevada Restoration Team
Nearly a decade ago, the four Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP) agencies established the Southern Nevada Restoration Team as a collaborative forum where members of the four federal agencies would discuss and coordinate a response to major ecosystem disturbances and restore important habitats. Their 2011 accomplishments report showcases the diverse work involved in restoring public lands, and features some dramatic before and after photos.
The Art of Burning Across Landscapes (YouTube Video)
A Service First project produced by the BLM Lakeview District, Fremont-Winema National Forest and Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.
Pacific Northwest Recreation Map Series
When the concept of Service First was introduced to the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region and Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office in 2003, people involved with these maps saw an opportunity to combine forces and create a single map set covering all public lands. More
Modoc Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program
Finding cooperative ways to improve the health of public rangelands has been the focus since the 1980s for the BLM and Forest Service offices participating as members of the Modoc Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. More
BLM Montana/Dakotas Promotes Service First Opportunities
The BLM-Montana/Dakotas has been successful in meeting the Service First goals of improving customer service, increasing operational efficiency, and improving stewardship of the land. More
Susanville Interagency Fire Center Service First
Recognizing the pooling resources is an efficient and effective approach to protecting lives, property and natural resources, the Bureau of Land Management, Lassen National Forest and myriad other agencies have been taking a "Service First" approach for more than three decades through the Susanville Interagency Fire Center. More
Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail
The Bureau of Land Management's Eagle Lake Field Office and the Lassen National Forest, both based in Susanville, Calif., are offering the public high quality recreation experiences on the jointly managed Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. More
FS and BLM dual-delegated unit in the San Luis Valley, Colorado
- Dan Dallas, Forest Supervisor/Center Manager: "Service First has allowed us to manage natural resources on a landscape level and utilize the unique capabilities and talents of each agency. We are able to provide one-stop shopping to the public; improving customer service. In addition, being a dual-delegated unit naturally creates cross-boundary thinking among decision makers."
The San Luis Valley Public Lands Center (PLC) is a Service First, dual-delegated unit. All line officers are dual-delegated having both Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management authorities/responsibilities. All units are made up of blended staff. One unit also has a Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Ecological Services staff member that provides technical assistance and, on some projects, is an ID team member. We share personnel and resources with San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex (FWS) and the National Park Service’s (NPS) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
We have received many compliments from the public because they can obtain a variety of BLM and/or FS permits and information from one source through our Visitor Information Services staff. Because we have blended staff working on travel management, we have been able to ensure that our road systems and designation match up and we’re not creating additional problems for the public.
By integrating staff, budget, and other resources, we are able to effectively save 8-10 full-time equivalent (FTEs) in any given year as compared to separate BLM and FS units. This savings is possible by adding to the capacity of one agency or the other to complete priority projects. Either agency can purchase expertise from the other; eliminating the need for each agency to have all expertise on staff. Flexibility is gained by the ability to move personnel to the agency and/program where the need and funding is greatest.
NPS, FWS, BLM and FS Interagency Fire Unit at San Luis Valley PLC
- Pat Gonzalez, Deputy Project Leader, San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex: "At 7600 feet, the San Luis Valley is a high mountain valley on the western edge of the fire district. Rocky Mountain Arsenal is the nearest FWS office. We have a high fire need here, lots of wetlands and Wildland Urban Interface lands. So our interagency fire agreements sort of evolved from a desperate need. But by sharing limited resources and communicating with our partners, we’ve been able to be successful with our fire program."
Under the Service First authority, we have created an interagency fire unit that includes FS, BLM, FWS, and NPS. Oversight is provided by a Fire Board with representatives from each agency. This allows the San Luis Valley PLC to support three fully staffed engines. In addition to providing a strong multi-agency suppression presence, the multi-agency fire unit is able to bring substantial support to fuels reduction and habitat treatment projects using prescribed fire. Prescribed fire operations are being carried out on Federal lands under various jurisdictions by this multi-agency unit. This allows us to conduct prescribed fire projects on the NPS, FWS Refuges, BLM and FS administered land.
FWS and BLM Combined Human Resources (HR) in Alaska
The Alaska Combined HR Service Center was established as a pilot program in 2007 under the auspices of Public Law 106-291, as amended and Public Law 109-54, Title IV, Section 428, know as Service First. The purpose was to allow the BLM and the FWS offices in Alaska to cooperate in an Administrative Service Center designed to improve the delivery of administrative services, reduce the duplication of services, and take advantage of the best practices of each agency. The Combined Center consists of two units, organized by HR function. The staffing function is located in the BLM Alaska state office in downtown Anchorage. The classification and employee relations function is located at the FWS regional office, in midtown Anchorage. Both units are cross delegated and comprised of blended staff. The combined center provides all aspects of HR services the approximately 1,500 employees of both organizations.
Although the combination has not resulted in any savings of FTEs, utilization of the strengths of the whole has allowed us to more effectively meet the HR needs and goals of both organizations, where those needs may not previously have been met by the independent offices. We have developed and continue to develop a shared HR website, which is hosted by BLM and available to all employees from both bureaus that provides a wide range of HR information. Employment opportunities are posted in the same format and use the same internet software, which improves the public's ability to apply for vacant positions in either organization. The combined center staff has also been introduced to and become more familiar with the culture and mission of each agency enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of the HR needs required in each organization.
BLM and NPS co-managed unit in Arizona and Utah
- Site Report, 2007: "It has been great to capitalize on each other’s strengths. NPS brought to the table a rich background in visitor services, resource protection and a strong ranger skills program. BLM provided proven credentials in customer service, commodity production and ecosystem restoration."
Two managers, one from each agency, co-manage the 1,050,963 acre Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, created under Presidential Proclamation in 2000. Cross-delegation authorizes them to jointly supervise an integrated staff. The Monument serves as a model of efficient interagency coordination and cooperation, incorporating the strengths of each agency. As a Transfer Authority Project in 2008 and 2009, this unit has a streamlined process for transferring funds between agencies (Service First 1151 Transfer form) that will continue to be implemented and tested for applications. To date, it has been used to transfer BLM funds to NPS. It is hoped that a fully tested and refined process could be opened to a national audience.