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"Great partnerships enable, empower, and encourage people to work together toward achieving success." 

Annual Partnership reports

Partners are invaluable to the Forest Service mission of caring for the land and serving people.Today and in the future, they are and will be even more important, so the agency is working hard to support an integrated, strategic, and above all, person-to-person approach to developing and maintaining partnerships of all sorts, for mutual benefits both short and long term.

Four goals guide U.S. Forest Service work with partnerships

Briefly, they are:

  • building capacity to do work,
  • benefiting communities,
  • connecting with minorities and people with disabilities,
  • doing mission-related work through mutually beneficial agreements with partners.

U.S. Forest Service partnerships come in varied forms

Partnerships include: grants and agreements, memoranda of understanding, volunteer, youth, and hosted programs; conservation education activities and Service First management agreements, special legal authorities, and more. There are lots of ways the Forest Service can work with the community. Managing limited time and resources takes planning, relationship building, and paying attention to mutual interests.

Investing time and heart in our partners

While we will tend to manage our partnerships at the organizational level to help focus our time, commitment, and accountability practices where they make the most difference, we always remember that partnerships are at heart person-to-person relationships, and act accordingly.


Additional Resources

Collaborative Directory (pdf)