WASHINGTON, DC—Since 2017, the Forest Service has been working on a long-term comprehensive strategy for modernizing the way we deliver forest products in order to increase the pace and scale of restoration and improve forest conditions. Through conversations with timber purchasers, stewardship contractors and employees at the district, forest and regional levels, the Forest Products Modernization team has identified several actions that we can take to gain efficiencies in our work.
Several of these solutions are already underway and showing results; in fiscal year 18 the Forest Service sold over 3 billion board feet of timber for the first time in over 20 years, with 40 percent less forest management staff. Successes like this demonstrate how employees are innovating and taking advantage of new authorities to get more work done on the ground. A list of key accomplishments is available on the Forest Products Modernization SharePoint site (internal link). To learn how employees across the agency are innovating in their work, visit the public-facing Forest Products Modernization page.
The FPM team welcomes your continued ideas and comments as they develop the comprehensive strategy. You can share your thoughts via the FPM Suggestion Box (internal link) or by sending an email to the Forest Products Modernization inbox.