When I was Station Director of Rocky Mountain Research Station, I reflected on what Shared Stewardship meant to us as a science enterprise. How can Forest Service Research and Development help the agency and our partners move toward these meaningful outcomes? In the April 10 Leadership Corner, Glenn Casamassa, Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region, shared an interactive Shared Stewardship forum with partners, and like the evolution he described, the role of science in the agency is also evolving. There has never been a better time for science to interconnect with the work of the Forest Service and specifically support Shared Stewardship. In my new role as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, I look forward to moving Shared Stewardship along aided by our world-class science.
As land managers work with partners to juggle social, economic and ecological values to yield meaningful conservation outcomes, science has a key role to play. Science helps describe the effects of trade-offs and provides understanding about the long-term implications of our management across landscapes. Science is the tool we use to help objectively determine how we can do the right work, in the right places, at the right scale to address land and resource management challenges.
RMRS recently assembled stories of how RMRS science is supporting shared stewardship. I humbly offer a few examples here of how RMRS is currently enacting this Forest Service value of interdependence. These types of examples are available from across the R&D enterprise. Let us use these stories as a platform to better understand how Forest Service science supports the agency mission and our goal of moving toward meaningful conservation and restoration outcomes at scale.
Forest Service R&D produces independent, credible science that informs today’s decisions and asks tomorrow’s questions. We are ready to propel these efforts forward with our National Forest System and State and Private partners by co-producing knowledge and solutions at the scale of the problem with and for our land management partners. We stand ready to work with states and regions to provide the best available science in support of shared stewardship.
John Phipps, Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry