News Release

USDA Forest Service Releases Five Year Strategic Plan

Washington
October 29, 2007 -

U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today the release of the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2007 – 2012. The plan includes Kimbell’s emphasis areas of climate change, water and involving youngsters in forest activities.

"Forests play a unique role in meeting our Nation’s future challenges associated with climate change, renewable energy, and sustaining abundant flows of fresh water to the American people," said Kimbell. "Because issues related to climate change and looming water shortages will take many years to resolve, the Forest Service is committed to instilling stronger land ethics in future generations."

The Forest Service Strategic Plan for FY 2007 – 2012 provides a clear yet broad direction to carry out its mission of natural resource management while focusing on critical programs and activities.

The Forest Service strategy includes the integration of environmental, social, and economic issues into its management decisions while accounting for present and future needs.

The Forest Service Strategic Plan can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/publications/strategic/fs-sp-fy07-12.pdf