Discussing the Undiscussables: Gender, Harassment, Discrimination, Favoritism and All That

Back when I worked for pay in Region 2, our Regional Leadership Team had a couple of discussions around “undiscussables”. One I remember was about the Regional Forester overruling a Forest Supervisor on a resource decision. In my experience, just talking about it openly took out some of the underlying tension. But don’t believe me! …

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USDA OIG Harassment Survey and Report in Forest Service Region 5 Released

Posted today: The FS response here. Here are some actions that the FS is doing or is going to do. Opened the Harassment Reporting Center (Nov. 2017): The Forest Service Harassment Reporting Center is a single office dedicated to receiving all reports of all types of harassment. The Harassment Reporting Center is open seven days …

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NAFSR Follows Up on OneUSDA

The National Association of Forest Service Retirees, better known by the acronym NAFSR, followed up on the OneUSDA concept, which we previously covered here. As most of you know, changing the Forest Service name or logo in any way shape or form is a highly touchy subject with many retirees. I was told that NAFSR …

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Sexual Harassment in the Forest Service- What Would You Do?

Let’s take a look at this Congressional testimony by Lesa Donnelly. Here are some claims she makes: Region 5 is equivalent to the rest of the Forest Service The problem is more or less the same across land management agencies In the Obama administration, political leaders were responsible for the different reactions (the difference between …

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The Power of Storytelling and Forest Service Culture

Long before “organizational culture” was trendy, I was interested in Forest Service organizational culture and the role of stories. We were hiring lots of people (in the mid 90’s) and I wanted to give them some of the same (good) experiences that I had had. My first years in the Forest Service (in the late …

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US Forest Service Finds 34 Cases Of Sexual Harassment After Internal Review: Daily Caller

Some of us have wondered why the Daily Caller was the only media outlet to report on the Tooke affair. It turns out that they have reported on sexual harassment in the Forest Service previously, most recently only a few months agao, 11/20/17 here: After decades of denying it, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has …

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This Too Shall Pass- Memories of Chief Thomas’s Bumpy Ride

Our recent discussions have caused me to reflect on the role of Chief and the expectations of people in the FS. Certainly there is a strong cultural meaning to that position (and not Associate Chief, nor Deputy Chief for Research, nor Regional Forester in Alaska) that perhaps resonates differently in the cultural FS DNA than, …

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Et tu, Tony? Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Chief Tooke

***************** UPDATE: SINCE THIS WAS POSTED, FOLKS HAVE TOLD ME THAT THE DAILY CALLER IS A QUESTIONABLE NEWS SOURCE. OF COURSE, I QUESTION PRETTY MUCH ALL NEWS SOURCES AND YET I DID NOT ADD MY USUAL GENERAL DUBIOUSNESS TO THIS POST. AT LEAST IN PART THAT WAS BECAUSE THE RUMORS HAD BEEN FLOATING AROUND FOR …

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