National New Leader Program graduates next generation of FS leaders

NEW MEXICO—Leaders come in all job series and at every grade level. The National New Leader Program, which just graduated its second class, helps new leaders take their skills to the next level.

The NNLP supports Forest Service leadership’s commitment to a positive work environment, succession planning, workforce development, and a continuous learning environment. Targeted to GS-7 to GS-11 employees, the program brings together high-performing, highly motivated employees from across the country to participate in a six-month development program focused on Leading Self.

YCC members learn, live multiple aspects of forest management

ARIZONA—This summer, 10 Youth Conservation Corps crew members, accompanied by two crew leads from the Student Conservation Association, settled into Rucker Administrative Site on the Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, to learn about and engage in the broad arena of forest management.

While two in the group were “locals” from Douglas, Arizona, the remainder of the crew came from across the country.

Inquiring minds with Natural Inquirer

WASHINGTON, DC—The USDA Forest Service Natural Inquirer team engaged in two educational outreach events in June. The first event took place on National Get Outdoors Day on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The team partnered with Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association employees to host a Junior Scientist/Junior Ranger event. A total of 368 adults and seniors as well as 67 children attended the event throughout the day. Participants learned about different types of scientists and explored a variety of science equipment.