Forest Service New Digs in D.C.

Thanks to the Rocky Mountaineers retirees association for this one. Sharon’s take: I spent many glorious years in the Yates building and it is a beautiful building. In fact, I worked on 4SW when the Holocaust Museum was being built…it warms the cockles of my heart that they strengthened that wall. Here’s a song for …

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Throwback Thursday Hits NCFP!

After the “Siege of 1987”, and 43 wildfires on the Hat Creek Ranger District, in three days, the Lost Fire burned up this forest up on the Hat Creek Rim. Even without terrain effects, this fire raged through the forest incinerating everything in its path. There is an eerie beauty in this picture, reminiscent of …

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Time for a Change: Firefighter Fairness

Here is the letter sent to all FS employees: Subject: Time for a Change Hello my forest service coworkers. Please give me five minutes of your day. I know that this email is going to make me an unpopular employee by speaking out. My apologies to my forest supervisor for the phone calls you will …

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The Value of Public Service: Cultivating Communities

Since I had to get on LinkedIn for the SAF group (which is open to all and has interesting discussions), I also signed up for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, which helps place federal lands issues within the context of other public debates. They posted a link to this essay by Darin Atteberry, …

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Professionals in Natural Resource Agencies: How’s Life Treating You?

Normally I try not to mix Society of American Forester business with this blog, except for the fact that I learn things from that work I share here and vice versa. In this case, though, I’m interested in getting as broad a set of ideas and experiences and thoughts as possible, and I know that …

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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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U.S. Forest Service faces civil right claims in Colorado, N.M. Read more: U.S. Forest Service faces civil right claims in Colorado, New Mexico

Here’s the link and below is an excerpt. For those tracking what papers (local, regional, national) publish what articles, this is from the Denver Post. The Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association has sent a letter to Vilsack and a White House senior policy adviser in response to a federal review that shows the U.S. Forest …

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FS Office of Communication Investigation FOIA Request

For those not following the missing, but now found, Forest Service employee contact information (started as a post by Andy Stahl and most recently updated here), Billy Schneider sent this in. While relevant to that thread, it also seemed interesting on its own. Here’s the link he sent and below is an excerpt. This is …

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Employee Search To Be Restored

An employee sent me this link which gives some temporary links.. Employee Search Temporarily Unavailable Our Employee Search capability is currently offline. We are working to restore this service and hope to have it back as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. It’s good to find out the answer, …

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