Forests across the nation are facing serious challenges. Having sustainable, healthy, resilient forests in the future depends on our ability to address these challenges today. In 2017, the Forest Service began a strategic effort designed to better align our culture, policies, and procedures for how we manage and sell forest products with current and future forest restoration needs. The goal of this effort is to increase the pace and scale of restoration, improve forest conditions, and improve efficiency of forest products delivery.
Forest Products Modernization (FPM) is an overarching Forest Service effort to better train its employees, reform policy, increase use of technology, and adjust processes to improve efficiency. To achieve our goals, we need your help. We recognize the importance of strengthening existing and developing new relationships with our stakeholders and partners in this effort.
You may have heard of another parallel change effort going on within the Forest Service, called Environmental Analysis and Decision Making (EADM). These two change efforts are distinct, but connected. EADM is focused on increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of our environmental analysis and decision-making processes, while FPM is focused on better aligning the agency’s business practices for delivering forest products with current and future forest restoration needs. Together, these two efforts will allow us to get more work done on the ground and improve the overall conditions of our national forests.
In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, we are launching a series of FPM partner feedback sessions across the country, designed to enable two-way discussion and exploration between the Forest Service and our partners and stakeholders, presented virtually with satellite locations at select Forest Service units. An initial session in our Washington, DC headquarters took place on September 11, 2018. Regional sessions to present this same material are scheduled for:
· Western session (Regions 5, 6, and 10) – October 10, 9:00 AM PT/8:00 AM AK Time
· Intermountain session (Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4) – October 11, 10AM MDT/9:00 AM AZ Time
· Eastern session (Regions 8 and 9) – October 12, 9:00AM ET/8:00 CT
We would very much value your participation at the Intermountain Session, though you are welcome to participate in whoever of the regional sessions listed below is most convenient for you. The Intermountain session will be presented virtually from 10am until 1pm (MDT) on October 11, 2018. We are also offering the opportunity to participate at the Intermountain Regional Office in the James V Hansen Federal Building located on 324 25th Street in Ogden, Utah. Please be aware you will have to process through security so be prepared with a photo ID and please do not bring any weapons. The meeting will be held in room 5126 located on the 5th floor. You are welcome to attend the session in person or virtually, however we ask that you register for the session no later than Wednesday, October 3 using the following link:
· Western –October 10, 2018 - https://nff.wildapricot.org/event-3068991
· Intermountain – October 11, 2018 - https://nff.wildapricot.org/event-3069373
· Eastern – October 12, 2018 - https://nff.wildapricot.org/event-3069388
We will also be offering an opportunity for continued dialogue on issues affecting our region following the morning’s national-level presentation and dialogue.
Please visit the FPM website (https://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/forest-products-modernization) and refer to the attached fact sheet for general information about the FPM effort. Visit the National Forest Foundation’s website below for more specific information regarding these sessions. In order to help us focus time during the Intermountain session on topics of most interest to you, we encourage you to take part in a short on-line survey by Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
· Western - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XYT8KTF
· Intermountain - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XYC66YV
· Eastern - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XY929X3
You may also contact Ben Irey, National Forest Foundation (406-830-3369; email@example.com) or Elise Boeke, Deputy Director for Natural Resources, of my staff (801.625.5898, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Again, I hope you will join us virtually or in person at the Intermountain Partner Feedback Session for this important Forest Service change effort.
Intermountain Region, Regional Forester