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Environmental Analysis and Decision Making: Activities

A picture of a group of horses walking in a line, with a cowboy in the front and two riders in the back heading towards a large mountain range off in the background.

Horse pack on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The Forest Service is building on past and ongoing efforts to implement a comprehensive, national approach to reforming agency culture, policies, and procedures through the following six activities:

Examine and Reform Forest Service Policies

Review and reform our current policies and look for opportunities to improve efficiency, and enhance coordination with other government agencies on shared projects. Learn more about our efforts to examine and reform Forest Service policies (PDF).


Train our Employees 

Enhance training in how the various laws related to environmental analysis and decision making are applied, and how our processes and policies are positioned to improve forest management.  Learn more about our efforts to train our employees (PDF).


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Bighorn sheep on the White River National Forest.

Improve Efficiency through Technology 

Develop new standards, processes, and systems that increase both the pace and quality of our work in meeting the requirements of the law and the needs of the American people.  Learn more about our efforts to improve efficiency through technology (PDF).


Develop New Performance Standards 

Ensure that performance standards strengthen Forest Service accountability and ensure a commitment to and focus on agency goals.  Learn more about our efforts to develop new performance standards (PDF).


Improve Consultation with other Agencies 

The National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other laws require consultation as part of work done within the scope of those laws. The Forest Service is forming national task forces to explore how we can better meet the requirements of those laws, while improving relationships as we consult with our partners. Learn more about our efforts to improve consultation with other agencies (PDF).


A picture of a stand of timber in a forest.

Trees on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

Change the Way We Do Business

While the Forest Service is improving the way we apply and document environmental analysis, we are also working to improve the culture that drives us. This includes strengthening the way we develop and implement projects, how we incorporate innovation, and how we work with tribes, partners, and the American people to identify new and better ways to perform work. Learn more about our efforts to change the way we do business (PDF).

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