This month reflects on the Forest Service’s core mission, motto, and founding principles that make up our unique identity. With the beginning of a new year, January provides the perfect opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to the communities that we serve every day and simply get back to basics. Communication messages that would support this month’s theme include educating the public on the number of national forests and grasslands under our responsibility, the broad range and diversity of the communities we support, our state-of-the-art network of research stations, and our capacity to adapt to the changing needs of land management and conservation. January encourages reflection on WHY our mission is critical.
Did You Know?
- The Forest Service is accountable for sustaining the Nation’s forests and grasslands on behalf of the American people
- We manage a system of 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands for the public good
- We help communities; State, local and tribal governments; forest industries; private forest landowners; and other nations improve conditions in both urban and rural areas
- We operate a network of research units, laboratories and experimental forests and rangelands to conduct leading-edge research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, biological and physical sciences, socioeconomics and more