USDA Forest Service

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Enterprise Program
TEAMS Our People Make the Difference

About Us

Barbara Ott, Projects and Liaison Officer for the Washington Office Headquarters, Regions 8, 9, and External AgreementsBarbara A.F. Ott

Planning Director

330-940-2045 (desk) (MDT)

559-920-6085 (mobile) (MDT)

E-mail message

Arvada, CO


  • Social and Economic Analysis
  • Planning
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process and Compliance
  • Writer/Editor
  • Proficient at IMPLAN and Quicksilver


  • Masters of Science, Management and Emphasis in Public Administration and Rural
  • Community Development, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Chadron State College

Special Recognition

  • National Leadership Award for Rural Community Assistance from the Chief, USFS, 1995.

Professional Publications

  • Ott, B. 1995. Final Rosebud/Ashland community development plan: Moving toward a brighter future, 1995. (Rural Economic Development Plan for Ashland, Montana)
  • Ott, B. 1995. Planning a step by step revitalization, women in natural resources


Barb has worked with TEAMS since 2004.  In her current position as Planning Director, she is responsible for oversight and supervision of the environmental planning services offered by TEAMS. Prior to her current assignment, Barb served in the position of Project Supervisor, responsible for supervision of TEAMS Environmental Coordinators, Recreation and Landscape Architecture, and Social and Economic specialists.  She also served as a Project Liaison Officer with responsibility for client relations and work order development for Regions 8, 9 and the Washington Office along with supervision of specialists in the fields of Social and Economic, Recreation, and Landscape Architecture.

Prior to moving into management positions, Barb worked as a specialist conducting social and economic analyses for National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and NEPA compliance since 1995. She worked five years as a core member of the forest plan revision team for the Uinta National Forest and two years as an interdisciplinary team member for the forest plan revision of the Hiawatha National Forest.

Barb's breadth of experience has spanned all nine regions of the Forest Service. She has also provided review of social and economic analyses for resource management plans and projects, providing and technical advice and recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and BLM policy. Additionally, she has conducted a social and economic analysis of reservoir operations and management on the Upper Mississippi River for the Corps of Engineers.

Barb researched, developed, and wrote the Rosebud/Ashland Community Development Plan, 1994-1999. Later, she accepted responsibilities as chairperson of the Ashland Community Action Team for the community of Ashland, Montana. Prior to that, she spent 15 years working in business management for the Black Hills and White River National Forests.

US Forest Service - TEAMS Enterprise Unit
Last Modified: Thursday, 01 October 2015 at 10:59:12 CDT

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.