Emerging Issues

  1. Climate Change
  2. Illegal Logging
  3. Fire Management
  4. Forest Monitoring / Remote Sensing / GIS
  5. Forest Health / Invasive Species
  6. Migratory Species / Habitat Management
  7. Watershed Management
  8. Protected Areas / Ecotourism
  9. Forest Products
  10. Sustainable Forestry Practices
  11. Policy Analysis & Development
  12. Disaster Support and Mitigation Program

Fire Management

The US Forest Service cooperates with Brazil, Russia, Mexico and Indonesia to better understand the influence of fire on forest management and climate change, and to incorporate fire mitigation strategies into forest management systems.

AFRICA

Ghana:

PRACTITIONER'S TOOLBOX

In response to the nation's devastating fire season in 2000, and with increased funding from the United States Congress, the US Forest Service has been able to establish a new National Fire Plan. The plan will focus on identifying and reducing fire risk, restoring and rehabilitating burned areas, enhancing fire response readiness, increasing community assistance and placing accountability.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Indonesia:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil:

Bolivia:

Mexico:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Albania

Bulgaria:

Greece

Russia:

Ukraine

MIDDLE EAST

Middle East

OTHER:

Related Publications:

  1. If you would like to know more about the technical aspects of the Indonesia Program's Fire Suppression Mobilization Plans (FSMP), the following documents may be useful:
  2. Global Leaflet, Issue 1, April 2002: Fire
  3. Addressing the Threat of Fire and Fuels to Our Nation's Forests in an International Context (in PDF format).

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Forest Monitoring / Remote Sensing / GIS

The US Forest Service and its partners integrate remote sensing and field technologies to monitor the health and status of forests, and to apply these technologies to specific management issues. It is based on existing cooperation with a number of countries, including Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Russia. The objective is to develop more effective monitoring approaches, using integrated, cost-effective technologies applicable to a range of forest types, to address such issues as illegal logging, concessionaire performance, forest regeneration, carbon sequestration, fire impact and indices of forest health.

AFRICA

Tanzania:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Russia:

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Forest Health / Invasive Species

Building on existing activities in Russia, China, South America and elsewhere, the US Forest Service focuses on methods to prevent, control or mitigate the damage of existing and potential forest pests and pathogens. Emphasis is placed on control of invasive species through biological control and habitat management measures.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

China:

Related Publications

Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network newsletter:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil:

Mexico:

Related Publications:

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Migratory Species / Habitat Management

The Agency also applies its scientific and land-management expertise to habitat management, ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation, particularly for migratory species. Activities include the restoration of degraded forest systems, particularly riparian areas, development of conservation to maintain biodiversity and other environmental benefits in managed forests, and conservation education and training.

PRACTITIONER'S TOOLBOX

Click here to learn more Wings Across the Americas--the Forest Service integrated, all-bird approach to conservation.

US Forest Service scientists also work to ensure imperiled and endangered species are protected in multiple-use ecosystems by determining habitat needs and population status, and assessing the impact of a wide range of management practices.

AFRICA

Congo Basin & the Central African Regional Program for the Environment:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN
Brazil:

Caribbean:

Mexico:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Russia:

POLICY

Related Publications: International Programs News, Issue #6, February 2001: Migratory Species

Watershed Management
US Forest Service hydrologists have extensive experience in soil protection and water management under a wide array of forest conditions.

AFRICA

Tanzania

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Mexico:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Russia

PRACTITIONER'S TOOLBOX

1. The US Forest Service International Programs and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point invite natural resource managers worldwide to attend the International Seminar on Watershed Management from September 27-October 13, 2002. Click here for more details.

2. Forests are integral in sustaining the health of fresh water in the world. Consequently, the US Forest Service plays an active role in rehabilitating our nation's watersheds, a role described in Water and the Forest Service.

3. Between 1972 and 1997, the Clean Water Act and its provisions allowed for the cleanup of a large number of the nation's rivers, lakes, and coasts. Yet in 1997, even as vast improvements had been made, 40% of America's waterways were still unfit fishing or swimming. With support from the US Forest Service and several other government agencies, the Clean Water Action Plan was put into action in 1998 to ensure further progress toward clean and safe water for America.

MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East:

Related Publications: International Programs News, Issue #2, March 1999: Watershed

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Protected Areas / Ecotourism

The US Forest Service manages a wide range of protected areas, from deserts in the Southwest to swamps in the Southeast to tundra in Alaska. The US Forest Service has expertise in wilderness planning, including limits of acceptable change, monitoring, restoration of degraded sites, recreation/nature tourism and wilderness education.

Agency research areas emphasize the social issues relating to wilderness, physical impact monitoring, restoration and ecological processes in protected areas. Some illustrative publications include: Wilderness Planning Training Module, Wilderness Fire Planning Guidebook, and Kindergarten through Eighth grade Wilderness and Land Ethic Curriculum. By hosting several million visitors each year, the US Forest Service has acquired extensive experience in the design and delivery of infrastructure and interpretive materials for visitors. With counterparts, agency specialists help to develop visitor guidelines and interpretive materials, visitor programs and environmental education programs for elementary and secondary schools, including curricula development and teacher training.

PRACTITIONER'S TOOLBOX

1. The US Forest Service International Programs, University of Montana, Colorado State University, and the University of Idaho invite natural resouce managers from around the world to participate in the International Seminar on Protected Area Management- from August 8-24, 2002.

2. Every year, more and more Americans are exploring and taking pleasure in the nation's forested lands. In order to guarantee that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the nation's forests, the US Forest Service has implemented the Recreation Agenda. As part of its Natural Resource Agenda, the Recreation Agenda is an effort to meet the nation's growing demand and need, to lower overall costs and to sustain the health and productivity of the nation's outdoor recreational areas.

AFRICA

Southern Africa:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Mexico:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Albania:

Russia:

  • Kamchatka and Protected Area Management

MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East:

Related Publications:

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Forest Products

As one of the nation's important players in forest products, the US Forest Service conducts research and implements projects encompassing all aspects of sustainable forest products development. In partnership with other governments, non-governmental organizations and universities, the Agency works in the U.S. and overseas to develop more effective mechanisms-whether they be technical or institutional-for the sustainable development of forest products. Focal areas include the training of entrepreneurs working with non-timber forest products, reducing the environmental effects of pulp and paper mills, recycling, increasing lumber yield per log and others.

The US Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory, in Madison, Wisconsin, is a leading wood and fiber products research institution. For over 90 years, the lab has sought to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber research that contributes to the conservation and productivity of the forest resource. The research concentrates on pulp, paper, paper board and composites, housing and structural uses of wood, wood preservation, wood and fungi identification, adhesives, surface chemistry, and biochemistry. Visit their website to learn more about their Visiting Scientist Program, research publications or ongoing research.

The US Forest Service participates and represents the United States in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Timber Committee which provides data, information and policy fora on timber industry issues in the European Union with the observation and participation of the United States. The Policy unit of International Programs provides U.S. representation on a certification network for technical information. A scientist from the Forest Products Laboratory provides U.S. representation on timber trade and statistics reporting.

The American Forest and Paper Association provides data on the wood products industry in the United States as well as international efforts and issues important to the industry.

The Policy unit has also several issues, summaries and related links to other forest products information such as certification and trade.

AFRICA

Congo Basin & the Central African Regional Program for the Environment:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Bolivia

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Albania:

Related Publications:

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Sustainable Forestry Practices

Sustainable Forestry promotes forest conservation through the development and dissemination of sustainable management policies and practices, with an emphasis on reduced-impact harvesting. We work with many partners including US Agency for International Development Missions (e.g., Brazil, Indonesia), the Center for International Forestry Research, the Tropical Forest Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Particular attention is given to the preservation of forests benefits such as biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration. The intended users of the policies and practices developed include policy makers, concession managers, private landowners, community forestry groups and forestry assessment programs.

AFRICA

Congo Basin & the Central African Regional Program for

Madagascar:

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

PRACTITIONER'S TOOLBOX

  1. The US Forest Service International Programs and Colorado State University invite natural resource managers from around the world to participate in the 18th International Seminar on Forest and Natural Resources Administration and Management - from August 25 until September 12, 2002.
  2. LOW-VOLUME ROADS ENGINEERING: Best Management Practices Field Guide

By Gordon Keller, US Forest Service, and James Sherar, US Agency for International Development

Constructing roads can often be a source of ecological problems for timber harvesting operations. These activities are mostly responsible for a major part of the total soil erosion, often because of design or construction flaws or poor maintenance practices. In fact, roads can be the source of as much as 90 percent of sediments that pollute waterways, choke rivers, fill reservoirs and have devastating effects on aquatic ecosystems. Yet, they are essential to access forest areas.

The US Forest Service and the US Agency for International Development have created a low-volume roads manual that could provide guidance for logging road construction, the Low-Volume Roads Engineering Best Management Practices Field Guide. It offers insights into ways and means of building adequate roads and constructing them in a cost-effective way.

For access to this guide in SPANISH, click here.

India:

LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, & THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil:

Caribbean:

Mexico:

RUSSIA, EUROPE, & NEAR ASIA

Caucasus

Russia:

MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East:

POLICY

Related Publications:

  1. A new report by Tom Holmes et al. on the financial costs and benefits of reduced impact logging in the eastern Amazon is now available. The study was a collaboration between the US Forest Service, US Agency for International Development, the Center for International Forestry Research and the Tropical Forest Foundation.
    • For the full report click here.
    • For the condensed version of the report, click here
  2. The Landscape Development Interventions team compiled information on forest management in the Fianar Region in Madagascar in the form of a report, which is now available online. (The report is in PDF format. Please download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this report. If you have any trouble downloading this document, please contact us.)
  3. Global Leaflet, Issue 2, February 2003: Reduced-Impact Logging
  4. Addressing the Threat of Land Use Conversion to Our Nation's Forests in an International Context (in PDF format).

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Policy Analysis & Development

International and national government policy on how forests should be managed is a subject of lively debate in most countries of the world. Forest policy dialogue is far reaching, in that it sets the stage for all facets of forest management and may be related to what's happening down the road, across a nation, or within the world context. The issues under discussion are numerous and include sustainable forest management, trade, economic growth, land tenure and land rights, national security, biodiversity, land use, and land conversion. Reflected in this dialogue is often a full range of perspectives concerning which of a forest's many values and benefits should be protected, including commercial, spiritual, environmental, and recreational. The richness of the ensuing debate is determined by the breadth of input received from a variety of forest stakeholders and from the process - often difficult - of trying to reach a consensus position.

  • For more information on U.S. forest policy, visit the Policy unit homepage.
  • For an overview on international aspects of the four main threats to our national forests, click here.

Related Publications:

  1. For more information on international aspects of the four main threats to our national forests, click on one of the US Forest Service International Programs' discussion papers below (in PDF format):
  2. International Programs News, Issue #5, September 2000: Criteria and Indicators

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Disaster Support and Mitigation Programs

Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP)
Due to its extensive emergency response capabilities and experience in wild land and forest firefighting, the US Forest Service was recognized as having unique skills and resources that were suited to respond to any type of disaster. International Programs' Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP) provides disaster prevention, preparedness, and response expertise to U.S. relief efforts overseas.

Related Publications: Global Leaflet: Disaster

Disaster Mitigation Program
The Disaster Mitigation Program provides technical and training expertise to US domestic and overseas partners in emergency preparedness, response, and disaster mitigation.

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Features

Illegal Logging

Illegal Logging The Issue Tackling Illegal Logging US Forest Service Efforts Background and Resource Sites Practitioner's Tips and Case Studies The Issue Illegal forestry activities encompass illegal logging, associated illegal trade, and other forest-related crimes


Climate Change & Forests

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Until recently, discussions have focused on emissions from the industrial and energy sectors. However, awareness of the role of deforestation and land degradation in the climate change equation is increasing.

Spotlights

Migratory

PEOPLE, WINGS AND FORESTS: Conserving Birds of the Americas