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USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages 193 million acres of land, roughly the size of Texas. They manage public lands in the form of national forests and grasslands, provide technical and financial assistance to state, private, and tribal forestry agencies and make up the largest forestry research organization in the world.

Role in CNNCTS

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) is committed to contributing to training and capacity-building activities that support stewardship trainees and strengthen relationships with Tribal communities. They will actively participate in Stewardship Pathways Trainings, with USFS fire personnel serving as part of the training cadre and offering hands-on experiences at USFS project sites, including prescribed burning, thinning, fuels reduction, and site restoration. The USFS also welcome the opportunity to host a stewardship fellow that will be partnered with one or more USFS staff members to facilitate collaborative knowledge exchange. To help facilitate the collaborative activities the USFS will provide in-kind support such as staff time, coordination and co-hosting of events, and necessary resources for a more in-depth stewardship development opportunity.

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