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HomeState & Private Forestry News
October 2018   
From the Director
Kathleen Atkinson,
Area Director
(Forest Service photo)


Leadership Note

Standing up for each other is something we must do every day. We must all be committed to ensuring that our work environment is safe, rewarding, respectful, resilient and free from harassment and retaliation of any kind. I hope that each of you stand with me and feel the same way. My expectation is that every Region 9 and Northeastern Area employee treat others with dignity and respect regardless of where we are in the workplace, online, in the office, or in the field. 

I want to spend a moment to reflect on what occurred on October 11 th , when the Office of Civil Rights sent a message to let us know it was an annual LGBTQ awareness day, National Coming Out Day. What transpired after this were messages from some employees to everyone that undermined our efforts to create a safe and respectful work environment for all employees. This is unacceptable. Those messages may lead some to now doubt that they are valued members of our team and that they will be treated fairly by their coworkers. In our work environment, our personal beliefs cannot be used to tear us apart or weaken the positive benefits we achieve when we embrace the diversity of our nation within our own workforce. I am engaging with the supervisors of those employees who sent messages and working with our Civil Rights Director on next steps.

Our employees deserve nothing less than a work environment where everyone is welcomed, respected, and has equal opportunity to contribute and succeed. Our Civil Rights program serves a vital function in helping us support each other and I strongly support their efforts to develop and maintain a culture that is inclusive of all people from all walks of life.

New Under Secretary Talks Resume, Standing Up for Each Other  
Jim Hubbard, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment
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Jim Hubbard (Forest Service photo)

In September, I began my new job as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. I am grateful to Secretary Sonny Perdue for entrusting me with this important office and to the Senate for confirming me. It's a real pleasure to be back working again with so many friends and colleagues.

Many of you know me, but for those of you who don't, I'll tell you a little about my background.

I grew up in rural Kansas working the land. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Colorado State University. After a year in Oregon's old growth, I served Colorado for over 34 years. I was Colorado State Forester from 1984 to 2004, and I worked closely with the National Association of State Foresters and the Council of Western State Foresters.

From 2004 to 2005, I was the Director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination in the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 2006, I accepted a position with the Forest Service as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, where I served until my retirement in 2016. Read the full Forest Service Leadership Corner article by Jim Hubbard.
Thinking of Harvesting Timber? One Phone Call Gives You Lots of Resources
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From My Minnesota Woods

The Minnesota Forestry Association and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources  recently expanded a program that benefits Minnesota woodland owners. The Call Before You Cut program provides landowners with a free packet of information at no cost or obligation. Read the full article on the Call Before You Cut program in Minnesota.
FREE Conserved Lands Webinar
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From Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Businesses for the Bay program and our partner, the Chesapeake Bay Program, for this free Lunch and Learn webinar about Conserved Lands on November 6th at noon! The Chesapeake Bay watershed has historical and cultural sites from significant points in history, land treasured by the citizens of your area, and landscapes loved all over the nation. Whether you help create a wildlife corridor, preserve a cultural site or manage for habitat, helping to conserve lands shows potential new hires, customers, clients and your neighbors that you are concerned about being an environmentally conscious organization. Join us to learn what actions your business can take to help conserve land, and see examples from current B4B [Businesses for the Bay] members! Register for the webinar.
Sustain Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands

Restoring a headwater wetland in forests previously modified for farming

NEW YORK --- As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative , six acres of forested wetland were restored on the Finger Lakes National Forest   in Schuyler County, New York. As part of the project, a high quality forested wetland adjacent to the Sawmill Creek candidate Research Natural Area was expanded to occupy a larger extent thought to previously exist before farming practices drained part of the wetland. Read full U.S. Forest Service article on restoring forested wetland .
Grant Opportunities Available at

Fish and Wildlife Service: The United States Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act established an annual, competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States. This program supports the DOI and FWS mission of protecting and managing the nation's natural resources by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to conserve land and water and to expand outdoor recreation and access. Closing Date November 6. ( F18AS00330)

Geological Survey: The Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program of the USGS is offering a two-year cooperative agreement opportunity to state or local water-resources agencies that collect groundwater data to participate in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. The USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) and its Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) to develop and administer a National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). Closing Date November 30. ( G18AS00121)

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