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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

New Publication :: Cutthroat Trout

Brett Roper, PhD (Aquatic Ecologist) of our National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, recently co-authored Cutthroat Trout: Evolutionary Biology and Taxonomy. This book came from a Forest Service Fisheries program managers discussion on the need for better documentation of cutthroat genetics/diversification about 4 or 5 years ago. It took a little longer than Brett had hoped – but delighted it is available now and well recieved. The book brings together the latest available evidence for Cutthroat Trout evolutionary history and current levels of genetic diversity. It confirms the need for a revised classification of Cutthroat Trout, and proposes a revised phylogeny with four deep evolutionary divergences. It presents arguments (pro and con) for classifying the four major lineages themselves as full species, and for delineating each of the 25 modern subunits. This work will be of value to anyone with interest in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary biology and genetics, phylogenetics, molecular biology and genetics, and to fisheries biologists and managers at all levels from student to longtime professionals. Get a your own copy through AFS (American Fisheries Society)..

Wildlife & Rise to the Future Natural Resource 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.

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! Fall is our "Call for Nomination" season. Join in the celebration of a job well done.

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