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A Forest Service Vision during the Anthropocene

by Michael T. Rains 1,2,3
The Northern Research Station, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Newtown Square, PA 19073, USA
The Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, WI 53726, USA
The USDA Forest Service (the “Forest Service”) (now retired) for the Keynote Talk at the Institute’s 75th Anniversary Symposium to be held at the Inés María Mendoza Park located on the grounds of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation in San Juan, on 21 May 2014.
Academic Editors: Grizelle González and Ariel E. Lugo
Forests 2017, 8(3), 94;
Received: 21 January 2017 / Revised: 16 March 2017 / Accepted: 17 March 2017 / Published: 22 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Forest Ecology and Management for the Anthropocene)
During the history of the Forest Service, human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment; the time being called the Anthropocene. As we look ahead and strive to continue our mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet our current and future needs, we must be more flexible to focus our actions to better meet the contemporary conservation challenges now and ahead. During this era of intense human activity, a changing climate; development and loss of open space; resource consumption; destructive invasive species; and diversity in core beliefs and values will test our task relevant maturity—ability and willingness to meet the growing demands for services. The Forest Service is now on a transformative campaign to improve our abilities and meet these challenges, including forest resiliency through restorative actions. There are several things we must do to ensure we are brilliantly competitive to address the contemporary conservation needs along a complex rural to urban land gradient, now and ahead. The intent of this paper is to present one person’s view of what this “campaign of our campaign” should include. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anthropocene; Forest Service; vision; contemporary conservation Anthropocene; Forest Service; vision; contemporary conservation
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