Working Together

Photo of public collaborative meeting with people sitting at tables and talking.Working Together can mean contracting locally with the Forest Service, grants and agreements, all the way to International Activities. We also work with the public through Advisory Committees, Partnerships, Tribal Relations and Volunteering.

You can also work with our Law Enforcement branch to assist us in keeping your National Forests safer. Please see the Law Enforcement site for information on how to observe and report suspicious activities.

America's Great Outdoors Initiative

Participants of the Americas Great Outdoors listening session offer ideas about action itemsAmericans today have become increasingly disconnected from our great outdoors. Our natural resources remain central to our economic vitality, yet they are under intense pressure from development and fragmentation, unsustainable use, pollution, and impacts from a changing climate.

On April 16, 2010, President Obama launched the America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative and charged the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to develop a 21st-century conservation and recreation agenda that addresses these challenges.

Click here for more information and the current efforts.

Youth Forest Monitoring Program

The Forest Service, in partnership with the Montana Discovery Foundation, Helena College of Technology and local Montana counties (Lewis and Clark, Powell, Jefferson), offer a unique seven-week program for high school students who are interested in monitoring forest health or seeking a career in natural resources. More than 60% of students accepted into the program ultimately find work in a field related to natural resources.

Community Ecosystem Monitoring and Education

The Forest Service, as part of the Southwest Crown Collaborative, works with partners to expand citizen science opportunities to help educate local communities about climate and natural resource issues. Learn more about this project.