The USDA Forest Service International Programs

(Note: While failing to use responsible programs to USE the timber in our country's national forests -- rather than disallow any use, creating a huge fuel load that made forest fires into conflagrations -- and while not utilizing the help that was offered by citizens of our own country, the Forest Service sought out and paid for, help from Mexico, Canada, Australia and Israel. This article also seems proud to recognize 'partners' like the World Bank, United Nations and the Nature Conservancy. Any red flags flying in your field of vision?)

The USDA Forest Service International Programs promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USDA Forest Service with partners overseas, the most critical forestry issues and concerns are addressed. International Programs regularly taps into the agency's wide range of expertise. Wildlife biologists, forest economists, hydrologists, disaster and fire management specialists, and policy makers are among those who comprise the staff of over thirty-thousand employees.

Since international cooperation is necessary to sustain the ecological and commercial viability of global forest resources and to conserve biodiversity, most of our work is done in collaboration with other organizations.

Our partners include other government agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and Foreign Agriculture Service; the World Bank and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, non-government organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy, and universities.

"The USDA Forest Service International Programs (IP) promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally"

The United States benefits from our work overseas.

Innovative technologies are brought back to the country, cross boundary environmental problems are addressed, and opportunities to hone USDA Forest Service skills are increased.

Lastly, strengthened international ties lead to mutual aid, as illustrated by assistance from Mexico, Canada, Australia and Israel who assisted with the devastating 2000 fire season in the western region of the United States

International Programs has three main staff units: Technical Cooperation, Policy, and Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP).

Both Technical Cooperation and DASP work closely with United States Agency for International Development, although the latter coordinates primarily with that agency's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Technical Cooperation, specifically, develops and manages natural resource projects overseas on a wide range of topics (i.e. fire management and forest health).

DASP trains and mobilizes personnel domestically to respond and mitigate foreign disasters, such as the floods in South Africa.

Finally, International Programs's policy unit is actively involved in sustainability roundtables and international fora, which ensures that US position on global forest policies and agreements reflect the best interests of the country.

The International Programs website has further information on our staff units as well as on our current international activities.

Navigate our website to:

a.. Learn how to cooperate with us,

b.. View our latest newsletter,

c.. Explore opportunities to attend international seminars on issues pertaining to natural resources and protected areas management in the U.S.,

d.. Exchange information with our staff and USDA Forest Service technical experts.

http://www.fs.fed.us/global/news/