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Introduction to US Forest Service
Ukraine Polyana Workshop July 2018
Raha Hakimdavar, Hydrologist, US Forest Service
National Forests in the United States
Multiple Use of National Forests
 Principles of management
 Sustainable yield
 Multiple use
 Uses of National Forest Lands
 Logging (timber harvesting)
 Mining
 Livestock grazing
 Oil extraction
 Recreation
 Sport/commercial fishing
 Hunting
 Watershed, soil, and wildlife conservation
The President
Executive Branch
U.S. Department of
Agriculture
Forest Service
Legislative BranchJudicial Branch
The National Forest System ResearchState and Private Forestry
Forest Service in the US Government
Office of the Chief
External Affairs
Civil Rights
Law Enforcement &
Investigations
International Programs
Business
Operations
National Forest
System
Chief Financial
Officer
Research &
Development
State & Private
Forestry
Organizational Structure
We have 9 Regions with
193 million acres of land
Northern Region R1
Southwestern
Region R3
Pacific Southwest
Region R5
Pacific Northwest
Region R6
Southern Region R8
Eastern Region R9
Alaska
Region R10
Rocky Mountain
Region R2
Intermountain
Region R4
The National Forest System
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Introduction

  • 1. Introduction to US Forest Service Ukraine Polyana Workshop July 2018 Raha Hakimdavar, Hydrologist, US Forest Service
  • 2. National Forests in the United States
  • 3. Multiple Use of National Forests  Principles of management  Sustainable yield  Multiple use  Uses of National Forest Lands  Logging (timber harvesting)  Mining  Livestock grazing  Oil extraction  Recreation  Sport/commercial fishing  Hunting  Watershed, soil, and wildlife conservation
  • 4. The President Executive Branch U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Legislative BranchJudicial Branch The National Forest System ResearchState and Private Forestry Forest Service in the US Government
  • 5. Office of the Chief External Affairs Civil Rights Law Enforcement & Investigations International Programs Business Operations National Forest System Chief Financial Officer Research & Development State & Private Forestry Organizational Structure
  • 6. We have 9 Regions with 193 million acres of land Northern Region R1 Southwestern Region R3 Pacific Southwest Region R5 Pacific Northwest Region R6 Southern Region R8 Eastern Region R9 Alaska Region R10 Rocky Mountain Region R2 Intermountain Region R4 The National Forest System
  • 7. Forest Service State & Private Forestry
  • 8. We have 5 Research Stations Pacific Northwest Pacific Southwest Rocky Mountain Northern Southern International Institute of Tropical Forestry Forest Service Research Stations
  • 10. Forest Service Watershed Partnerships Federal agencies State agencies Local agencies NGOs Private partnerships
  • 11. National Forests and Water  Almost two-thirds of the freshwater resources in the United States originate on forested lands  National forests and grasslands contribute nearly 14% of the Nation’s water supply overall and over 33% of the water supply in the West  National Forest System lands constitute the largest source of fresh water under single management in the Nation, supplying drinking water to more than 60 million people in over 3,400 communities and water for agriculture and industry  In 2004, the value of water flowing from national forest system land was estimated to be $7.2 billion per year from both instream and off stream uses
  • 12. Watershed Management in the Forest Service
  • 13. Defining Watersheds in the United States Name Level Hydrological Unit Code (HUC) Avg Size (km2) Number of HUCs Region 1 2 459,879 21 Subregion 2 4 43,512 222 Basin 3 6 27,444 370 Subbasin 4 8 1,813 2,200 Watershed 5 10 588 22,000 Subwatershed 6 12 104 160,000
  • 14. HydroSHEDS Global Watershed Data http://www.hydrosheds.org/page/hydrobasins
  • 15. There are no short-term answers for long-term problems. There are no small- scale fixes for large scale challenges. Staffing and funding are always limited so focus your energy where the largest long-term payoff is most likely.