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The Value of Forests for People: Integrating An Ecosystem Services Approach into Federal Land Management 

 

From clean water and wildlife habitat to timber and other forest products, recreation, and spiritual and cultural values, healthy natural ecosystems provide a range benefits for people. Increasingly, the value of these “ecosystem services” is being recognized, along with the need to ensure they are available now and into the future. The U.S. Forest Service, with its mission to sustain the nation’s forests and grasslands for present and future generations, is working to incorporate an ecosystem services approach into its programs and activities. So, how might this best be done? Read More>>

 

 

National forests provide a broad suite of key ecosystem services including timber, water, recreation, and cultural values. Photo credit USDA Forest Service.

The Future of Recreation

 

From skiing and hunting to horseback riding and camping, federal lands are key providers of the landscapes and facilities that characterize most Americans’ outdoor recreation experiences. In addition to the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits outdoor recreation provides, it also contributes to the U.S. economy by supporting jobs and providing income, particularly in rural communities near recreation destinations. This contribution was formalized in December 2016 when the Outdoor REC Act was enacted, requiring the federal government to report how outdoor recreation contributes to the United States’ Gross Domestic Product. Read More>>

Hiking is projected to remain one of the most common outdoor recreation activities in the future.

 

Managing with Fire: Mixed-Severity Fire Regime Forests in Oregon, Washington, and northern California

 

Fires have always been common during the hot, dry summers of the Inland Pacific. However, most wildfires today are immediately suppressed, while those that escape suppression typically burn with high intensity over large areas.

Historically, fires varied tremendously in their frequency, severity, seasonality, distribution, and extent. Restoring these variations in fire, or pyrodiversity, is critical to maintaining successionally diverse landscapes that are resilient to climate change, invasive species, and other stressors. Read More>>

 

 

Repeat photos of the Leecher Mountain area, Methow Valley, WA. The top photo was taken in the 1930s, and dry mixed conifer forests with open canopies and extensive areas of grassland cover are apparent.

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