National forests were established as working forests with multiple objectives. Among these missions were to improve forest conditions, protect resources, secure watersheds and to provide a continuous supply of timber for American use.
Much has changed since the early days of the Forest Service. The mission has remained the same while the way we have periodically rethought the way we accomplish that mission. Forest conditions, weather, and the demand for forest products have all affected the way we carry out this mission. Now, in the face of growing difficulties in forest conditions like insects, disease, and wildfire, we are again evolving the way we do business. Forest Products Modernization is an effort underway to better align our agency culture, policy, and direction to be more flexible and ready to adapt to these challenges. Timber harvest will continue to be an important tool in the way we manage forests, increase the pace of restoration, and deliver forest products that support jobs and rural economies.
Allen Rowley, Director of Forest Management, Rangelands Management, and Vegetation Ecology will be hosting a one-hour orientation session on Forest Products Modernization. This national webinar will be December 13, from 11:30 to 12:30 EST. Forest Product Modernization objectives will be covered as well as how interest and awareness can be fostered while gathering helpful input from employees and partners.
To attend via Adobe Connect: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/emc-1000/. Live captions will be available. If you would like to attend over the phone, dial 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 and use access code 0123674.