Partner Spotlight: U.S. Forest Service

The United States Forest Service (USFS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with managing the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. Their Forest Stewardship, Forest Legacy, and other programs also recognize the importance of sustainable management practices on private forested land.

The U.S. Forest Service has supported the work of Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) with funding, direct contracting, and partnering on projects. USFS’s Wood Innovations Grant, highlighted in this blog post about biofuels, has supported RCDs to find sustainable ways for their communities to dispose of hazardous fuels. The Sierra RCD works with USFS on its Southern Sierra Forest Health Watershed Program and the El Dorado County RCD sources from the USFS nursery for its reforestation projects.

Successful forest management is about collaborative partnerships. By drawing on expertise from the federal level with the U.S. Forest Service, the state level with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the local level with RCDs, projects around fire resilience are much more likely to succeed. Fire does not recognize state, federal, and private property lines, and all entities have to work together to make prevention measures like hazardous fuels reduction and fuel breaks effective. We look forward to continue partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to make California fire resilient.