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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

 

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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!

Become a Bat-Lovers – Bats are fascinating and amazing; they are important members of healthy ecosystems – AND they need our help! A wonderful team of partners have again joined forces to make it easy and fun for you to be a BAT HERO. Learn about bats (check out BatsLIVE), teach others about them, post and tweet about them, or improve habitat for bat. The Bat Week website (www.BatWeek.org) is chockfull of wonderful resources to help and is available year round (not just in October). Here are some fun and quick ideas for you to consider…

  • Watch the excellent Bat Week webinar --featuring FS professionals!
  • Download the Bat Week cookbook and host a district potluck featuring goodies made with bat-dependent foods!
  • Visit your local school to do a presentation about bats or lead a lesson about bats!
  • Work with friends or students to create a bat mural!
  • Help teachers get all sorts of wonderful, batty, multi-media resources at the BatsLIVE – distance learning adventure website!
  • Build a bat house.
  • Bats Blog in Alaska - Forest Service
  • New Publications

  • Brett Roper, PhD (Aquatic Ecologist) of our National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, recently co-authored Did changes in western federal land management policies improve salmonid habitat in streams on public lands within the Interior Columbia River Basin? Environ Monit Assess (2019) 191:574 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-019-7716-5 Brett B. Roper & W. Carl Saunders & Jeffrey V. Ojala
    Abstract of the Abstract: Historic management actions authorized or allowed by federal land management agencies have had a profound negative effect on salmon, trout, and char populations and their habitats. To rectify past failings, in the 1990s, federal agencies in the Interior Columbia River Basin modified how they conducted land management activities to foster the conservation of aquatic species. ... By understanding and accounting for how changes in stream conditions reflect improved land management policies and broader environmental trends, federal agencies will be better situated to make project level decisions that benefit aquatic resources. Keywords Streams . Monitoring . Land management . Trend . Salmonids . Pacific Northwest
  • David Merritt, PhD (Riparian Ecologist) and Lindsay Reynolds, PhD (Riparian Ecologist) of our National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, recently co-authored a paper with colleagues, Prepare river ecosystems for an uncertain future; As the climate warms, we can’t restore waterways to pristine condition, but models can predict potential changes ... in the journal Nature about globally imperiled rivers and a call to action for river scientists worldwide. Dr. Merritt summarizes, "We present a four step plan toward reshaping the kind of science that we are doing to protect rivers and ideas for engaging the public in recognizing their functions and services to society and steps toward their conservation and recovery. It is a compelling article and has been picked up by news outlets on the West coast and in New Zealand." Oregon State University Press Release
  • Wildlife & Rise to the Future Natural Resource Award Winners!

    Note: The award winners are recognized at various events in winter and spring. 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 recipients! Fall is our "Call for Nomination" season. Join in the celebration of a job well done.

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