How many Forest Service employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Maybe we’re too Serious here on Smokey Wire. Please forgive my non-original? attempt — meaning no disrespect at all to anyone — to lighten things up….

Q: How many Forest Service employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?

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A. One to screw in the light bulb and at least a dozen to write the EIS.

9 thoughts on “How many Forest Service employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?”

  1. If it’s an EIS, might need to contract out some of the NEPA work and it makes sense to onboard a lightbulb tech 13/13 to do the actual install so let’s see that number tick up to at least 18 FTE per lightbulb

  2. While doing Sale Admin work on the Sequoia NF, I was checking in with my loggers. As I walked up, I saw 5 of them around a non-working chainsaw. My first thought was this would make a great opening for a joke, so I said, “How many loggers does it take to get a chainsaw to work?” I got a dirty look from all 5 of them, and all I could do was smile.

  3. Yes, we have to have humor in our lives, and we can find other ways to do it. Regardless of the person or people, it is never appropriate to make a joke at someone’s expense or demean them.

    It is unfortunate you chose to demean FS employees in this blog which so many of us read.

    • My apologies, FS Employee and others. I did not intend to demean USFS folks, not at all. You-all do good work, such as with the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision, which I posted about recently — I think it is very well done.

    • Lighten up! (In the spirit of humor from someone who was once one of you.) But seriously, thanks for “enlightening” us about the value of what we do here.

  4. Nah, no EIS required!
    Installation of light bulbs was covered by Pinchot’s 14th Order!
    I’m blanking the term GP used for general orders to the field but you can be sure he covered the efficient operation of offices!
    What you say? The ranger cabins didn’t have electricitiy?
    No matter, GP was a forward looking forester!


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