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Self Description

July 2004: "Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands....National forests and grasslands encompass 191 million acres (77.3 million hectares) of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Department (USDA) Organization Mar 1, 2005
Possible/Unclear Janine Blaeloch Person Sep 24, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Aug 17, 2009 Clash Over Rebirth of Mt. St. Helens

QUOTE: Some say the Forest Service should manage it [Mount St. Helens] differently. “There is a certain segment of the population who would say, ‘It’s been 30 years [since Mount St. Helen's major eruption], and it’s over,’ ” said Peter Frenzen, whose job title with the Forest Service is monument scientist.

New York Times
Jul 29, 2008 Air tanker drops in wildfires are often just for show (Big Burn - Wildfire in the West Part 2 of 5)

QUOTE: Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won't do any good. Such pressure has resulted in needless and costly air operations, experienced fire managers said in interviews.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 20, 2007 Drones Raise Safety Issues as Service Roles Multiply

QUOTE: The increasing use of unmanned vehicles, which range in size from those that can fit in your hand to twin-engine jets, has met resistance from federal regulators struggling to safely incorporate the devices into the nation's airspace.

Washington Post
Mar 31, 2007 Judge Suspends Administration Rules For Managing Forests

QUOTE: The battle between environmental groups and the administration over the forest rules has raged for several years. It centers on changes to environmental protections that had been in place since the Reagan administration. Under the old policy, the government had to maintain viable populations of native wildlife in forests and monitor some populations regularly, while limiting logging and drilling for oil and gas...The new rule -- which gave economic activities as high a priority as maintaining the forest's ecological health -- made it easier to conduct drilling and logging in national forests while weakening protections for native fish and wildlife.

Washington Post
Mar 30, 2007 Roadblock for Spreading of Human Ashes in Wilderness

QUOTE: ...the Forest Service has long had a firm policy against commercial scattering, said Gordon Schofield, the group leader for land use here in Region I. If ashes are scattered “the land takes on a sacredness, and people want to put up a marker or a plaque,” Mr. Schofield said, then they oppose activities they do not see as compatible with the site as a resting place...The Forest Service has a version of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for private individuals who want to scatter the ashes of a loved one.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2006 Salazar, others accuse feds of flailing on fires: "The Katrina of the West," the senator calls Colorado, saying that money to treat damaged forests and cut fire risks is thin.

QUOTE: s senators from Western states scolded Bush administration officials for what they said was the slow pace of efforts to decrease the risk of catastrophic fires. So far this year, 4.5 million acres have burned in the West. By this time last year, a little more than 3 million acres had burned.

Denver Post
Jun 14, 2006 With Oregon timber sale, controversy flares: A US auction of fire-damaged trees renews a forest-management debate.

QUOTE: Congress is moving toward allowing more salvage logging in roadless federal forest areas...But many forest ecologists say such logging inhibits natural regeneration, resulting in young, even-age forests more prone to future fires.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 21, 2005 Congress Growing Impatient With Longtime 'High Risk' Areas of Financial Waste

QUOTE: ...troubled federal programs and projects that are vulnerable to waste, fraud and mismanagement. Many problem areas are complex and seem to defy remedy.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2004 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

QUOTE: The Data Quality just two sentences directing the OMB to ensure that all information disseminated by the federal government is reliable...interpretation of those two sentences could tip the balance in regulatory disputes that weigh the interests of consumers and businesses.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2004 Roadless Rules for Forests Set Aside

QUOTE: "The prospect of endless lawsuits represents neither progress nor certainty for communities," Veneman said... "Our announcements today illustrate our commitment to working closely with the nation's governors to meet the needs of local communities, and to maintaining the undeveloped character of the most pristine areas of the national forest system."

Washington Post