Sustain Forests and Grasslands
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.
- The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, exercises wise stewardship of our forests and grasslands on behalf of Americans
- We manage a system of 154 national forests, 20 national grasslands and one tallgrass prairie 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
Partnership between SRS & Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Promising Management Strategy for Improving Forest HealthTree ring analysis involves examining a small tree core that is extracted from the trunk. Each core is a record of how the tree has responded to its environment. Photo by Beentree, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Fundamental Knowledge for Land Managers and ResearchersShortleaf pine often grows in open, savanna-like stands that sustain incredibly diverse plant and animal communities. Photo by Christopher Tracey, courtesy of Flickr.
Acres treated and methods used shown on story mapMark Tanner (left) and Jeff Myers (right), sawyers with the Forest Service, cut infested trees as part of a cut-and-leave operation on the Bienville Ranger District. Forest Service photo by Mario Rossilli. One of the most destructive forests pests.
New project on road drainage structures to link multiple resourcesMany of the sites of present-day experimental forests started out as demonstrations on how to reforest a South where land lay in waste from overuse. Photo by Ewing Galloway, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.