Intermountain Trails: February 2014
Feburary 2014 Volume 3, Issue 1
USDA Forest Service -- Intermountain Region
Focusing on State and Private Forestry
Director, State and Private Forestry
Intermountain and Northern Regions
The State and Private Forestry (S&PF) organization of the USDA Forest Service reaches across the boundaries of National Forests to States, Tribes, communities and non-industrial private landowners. S&PF is the federal leader in providing technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the Nation’s forests and protect communities and the environment from wildland fires.
State and Private Forestry programs bring forest management assistance and expertise to a diversity of landowners, including small woodlot, tribal, state, and federal, through cost-effective, non-regulatory partnerships. A key component of this relationship, along with others within the Forest Service, is hazardous fuels funding for the reduction of risk to communities from wildfire.
“The State and Private Forestry program of the Intermountain and Northern regions plays a unique role. We work closely with our state partners to benefit private lands across our states. Forests know no boundaries. We have a variety projects as diverse as improving the Ogden River in downtown Ogden, protection of Aspen ecosystem in central Utah, and urban community support in Las Vegas. These projects are improving all lands in the west,” said Mike Dudley, Director, State and Private Forestry of the Intermountain Region.