Representatives from 18 countries attend tourism seminar

WASHINGTON, DC—The USDA Forest Service International Programs office hosted a traveling seminar on Planning and Managing Tourism that took place over three weeks this September. This year, they hosted 28 participants from 18 countries, and throughout the trip visited four states: Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. The topics included zoning, management plans, carrying capacity, over-tourism, marketing and promotion, stakeholder involvement and destination planning, as well as the implications of climate change for tourism in protected areas.

FS helps with watershed monitoring, restoration for Ecuadorian drinking water

WASHINGTON, DC—Earlier this month, Cynthia Valle, forest hydrologist on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, and Gretchen Fitzgerald, forester for the San Juan National Forest, traveled to Ecuador to provide technical capacity building support to colleagues at the Fund for Water Protection (Fondo Para La Proteccion del Agua, or FONAG) a non-governmental organization based in Quito, Ecuador. The Forest Service has been working with FONAG for the past 10 years on watershed monitoring in the Antisana Area for Water Conservation.

Forest Service, BLM recognize partners with conservation awards

DENVER—Last week, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management recognized the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto for their leadership and contributions to wildlife conservation and public lands stewardship. The awards were presented at the 84th North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Denver.

Forest Service receives the Land Stewardship Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation

TENNESSEE – The National Wild Turkey Federation presented the USDA Forest Service with the prestigious national Land Stewardship Award from for its long history of collaborative conservation across its 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. National Wild Turkey Federation CEO Becky Humphries presented Chief Vickie Christensen with the award at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee.