Forest Service Downward Trend Continues: 2013 Best Places to Work Rankings

This is always a popular post. Here’s the link. Indeed, there are many things worth exploring. I was surprised that in 2011 there was such an exodus of employees about 4.5k of 30.5 K or about 15%. What’s odd about that is that I was still working then and don’t remember hearing about it. Does …

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Best Places to Work Report 2012

Here’s a link. So a cursory analysis (more holiday chores call today) suggests that once again, the further you get from the direct supervisor (65% )to “senior leadership” (37%) the less people felt good about their leadership. We had the same kind of thing in our Region’s morale survey before I retired. But here’s the …

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What is the “best” forest value?

Folks, this is from an op-ed by Andy Geissler, a forester who works for the American Forest Resource Council in Eugene, Oregon. He is writing about a previous op-ed on the recent expansion of a national monument in SW Oregon. The Jan. 12 guest viewpoint headlined “Expanded monument could benefit economy” offers a strange and disturbing …

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Shout-out to EDF Work on Proposed Oil and Gas Rules

Here is a link to a Denver Post story on new Colorado rules..the reason I’m posting it (other than I suspect oil and gas is not covered well in other places) is to “catch people doing something right.” It seems like a great environmental step forward, so I would like to give a shout-out to …

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Up In Smoke: Is the Forest Service killing the last best chance to save the Southwest’s forests?

The following article, written by Claudine LoMonaco, appeared in the Santa Fe Reporter recently.  The article provides a number of details about a series of alleged lies, deceits and questionable business practices concerning Pioneer Forest Products, described as an “under-the-radar company from Montana” that “lied about its work history in its proposal to the federal …

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In the SES, Everyone is Above Average

Assiduous readers will recall that Forest Service employees generally think poorly of their agency, according to the annual “Best Places to Work” polling. Dissatisfaction with the Forest Service cuts across the demographic spectrum — young, old, black, white, male, female. With one exception. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the Forest Service’s …

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Forest Service Sets a PR!

Today the annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report issued. The Forest Service, which perennially ranks near the bottom, out-did itself this year with an “index score” of 49, lowest in a decade (and perhaps ever). Leading the charge was the agency’s “leadership” (sic) who scored an all-time low with “senior” leaders …

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Grijalva’s 2008 Report on Bush Administration Public Land “Assault”

I think everyone should take a look at this report submitted by Congressman Grijalva. Especially those of us who were involved in different things decried therein. Running through it briefly, I noticed this.. NPS Employee Morale Near All-Time Low A poll of NPS employees conducted by the Campaign to Protect America’s Lands and the Coalition …

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