Empower Conservation Leaders

July looks towards a bright, hopeful future and the next generation. This month’s theme reflects on the Management Objective C: “Attract and retain top employees.” To appeal to our future cadre of employees, we are working to recruit young people and make them aware of career opportunities within the Forest Service and forestry field of study.

We are working hard to attract and retain other experienced candidates as well. We also match workload commitments with available resources to establish realistic goals and foster work/life balance. We encourage employee innovation and creativity. And we continue our safety journey, instilling an organizational culture in which a safe work environment is vital.

Key Messages

  • We are committed to creating a workplace environment that attracts and retains top employees while meeting the nation’s present and future needs
  • The deep connection that our employees feel to our mission and conservation ethic motivates us to better serve our nation
  • By joining together people with diverse perspectives, we find new solutions to complex management problems to make better management decisions
  • In fulfilling our mission, we strive to reflect the array of cultures, ideas and perspectives of the American people

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Chief’s Award, International Honors, and Director’s Awards

Our employees strive to put together the best available science to help the forests and grasslands.

Francis Marion National Forest

National Fish & Aquatic Strategy

“The Forest Service is responsible for managing some of the best, and in some cases, only habitat for many valuable and culturally important fish and aquatic resources,” says Craig Roghair, an SRS fisheries biologist. “This includes habitat for more than half of federally-listed freshwater fish, mussels, and amphibians.”

SRS Center for Aquatic Technology Transfer (CATT) team samples brook trout populations along the Staunton River in Virginia. Photo by Craig Roghair, USFS.

New Native Plants Resource for Teachers

A plant module developed in partnership by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now available online for teachers to download and use with K-12 students. The module integrates current science-based knowledge with the traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee.

What’s That Plant? materials include information sheets, plant identification cards, and bingo games. Photo by Julia Kirschman, USFS.