December’s broad theme of “deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits” comes from Strategic Goal #2 and offers a key opportunity to showcase the Forest Service’s unique philosophical approach to multiple-use land management. Conflicting interests inevitably arise amidst the diverse range of benefits that we provide to the public; benefits including timber, range, outdoor recreation, watershed, wildlife and fishing. Serving as a moral compass to guide the best decisions, Gifford Pinchot instructed, “...where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question will always be decided from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”
- Sustainable land management practices enable forests and grasslands to produce goods and services to meet public demands and to contribute to community and national prosperity, health and quality of life.
- Forest Service manages national forests and grasslands for timber, range, minerals, outdoor recreation opportunities, cultural and heritage resources, clean water and air, wildlife and fish, and a myriad of special uses such as communication and energy transmission.
- It is critical that the Forest Service continues to meet population demands by maintaining, improving, and conserving our watersheds and the health of ecosystems it manages.
- The benefits derived from national forests and grasslands generate billions of dollars to the national economy, underpinning local economies in many rural areas and enhancing the quality of life in many communities.