From James Keyser on the Data General.
From: James D. Keyser:R6/PNW
Date: ## 03/03/97 10:20 ##
I always liked the sign I saw (my FIRST month in the agency) at a VERY remote ranger station on the Custer NF in South Dakota (R1).
Above the ranger’s desk hung a sign that said: “Last Year was a GOOD year. I saw the Forest Supervisor THREE times. He saw ME ONCE!”
And it was a Ranger District on which that REALLY could have happened
30 mile drive to it on dirt roads. All the NFS land is sparsely forested mesa country from which you can see for miles.
You’ve probably heard it before- it may not even be original to the Forest Service but…it does convey the deep value of decentralized decisionmaking (yes, and a certain mistrust of the next level up). Decentralization is indeed an important value, but in this hyper-connected day and age, it can also be frustrating sometimes for employees and the public alike.