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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants



to the Forest Service - Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants program web site. From improving air quality to enhancing streams and uplands for drinking water and wildlife in your National Forests & Grasslands, our programs cover a wide variety of topics and span the country. Working with partners across the nation we provide technical expertise, support, and coordination for the Forest Service’s Regional Offices, Forests, and Districts in the stewardship of water, fish, wildlife, air, and rare plants within the watersheds of the National Forest System. Given the breadth of our work there is a lot to explore! Browse to learn about programs such as experiencing stream environments through freshwater snorkeling; implementing the Weather Information Management System to provide local data for fire danger and flooding; and protecting life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources after fires through the Burned Area Emergency Response program. We look forward to hearing from you!

As a result of our sustained commitment and many strong relationships, we realized significant achievements toward the restoration of ecosystems nationwide. Our work includes restoring aquatic organism passage, stream habitat, and floodplains; enhancing lake productivity; restoring habitat for a vast array of wildlife species from hummingbirds to bighorn sheep and spotted frogs to black bears and connecting people to the outdoors.

Learn more about our accomplishments

Forest Service Ground Breaking Study

Forest Service lichenologist Sarah Jovan and Forest Service Economist Geoff Donovan's groundbreaking study uncovered levels of cadmium and arsenic pollution high enough to cause cancer. The results have state officials rewriting air pollution rules while residents run to their doctors for blood and urine tests. OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) tells the story.

2016 Wildlife Natural Resource and 2017 Joint FS and BLM Award Winners!

(Note: The award winners are recognized at various events in winter and spring 2017. The Joint FS and BLM awards bear the year they are awarded - in this case 2017).

Each year the USDA Forest Service recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements by natural resource professionals in the Forest Service, as well as significant partner contributions to wildlife, fish and native plant conservation. We are pleased to announce the following recipients!

Making Tracks/Wild Turkey

  • Habitat Improvement Program Award Recipient (Individual) is Ian Fox, Cibola National Forest
  • Partnership Achievement Award Recipient (Individual) is Monty Gregg, Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest.
  • Partnership Achievement Award Recipient (Group) is the Mark Twain National Forest

FS-BLM Conservation Awards:

  • JOINT CONSERVATION PROJECT Recipient is the the Salmon River Restoration Project located in western Oregon.
  • JOINT CONSERVATION PARTNER Recipient is Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Lloyd W. Swift Sr. Award recipients:

  • Dennis Krusac, Eastern Region Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species Specialist and Pollinator Conservation Coordinator.
  • Kim Mellen-McLean, Pacific Northwest region Wildlife Ecologist.

Jack Adams Award Recipient:

  • Sandra Jacobson, Wildlife Biologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Forest Service/Mule Deer Foundation Award:

  • Luke Holguin, Norwood and Ouray Ranger District Wildlife Biologist on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests.

Forest Service/Elk Country - RMEF Award:

  • Mike Lubke, Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.
  • In appreciation for your dedication and service as an agency partenr and champion for prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat.

  • Curtis Fowler, Land Between the Lakes National recreation Area.
  • In appreciation for your efforts and dedication in restoring elk to their historic range in West Virginia.

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