WASHINGTON, D.C.—The forest products modernization team is moving forward in addressing the role forest products delivery plays in mitigating the challenges facing forest health, resilience and productivity. The ultimate goal is to more efficiently meet current, and readily adapt to future, forest restoration needs and challenges as the Forest Service continues to use timber harvest as a tool in forest health improvement.
As part of this effort, six solutions teams made up of employees from district, forest and regional levels across the agency brought their extensive experience and skill to the table during April and May through a series of virtual workshops. The goal of the workshops was to develop ideas for how forest products delivery can improve forest conditions at an increased pace and scale, focusing on six high priority areas developed by the forest products modernization guiding team.
With five out of six solutions teams having completed their workshops, more than 300 recommendations for modernizing delivery of forest products have been identified. The forest products modernization team will be reviewing, synthesizing and prioritizing these recommendations at an upcoming workshop in Washington, D.C., June 5–7.
This workshop will be followed by a series of meetings and webinars for gathering input and feedback from other members of the forest products modernization team, external partners and agency employees over the next few months.
Follow the forest products modernization team’s progress via the forest products modernization SharePoint site.