Ecosystem Services of the USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service is a government agency that protects and overlooks the different national forests and grasslands that the United States Government has decided to protect from development. There are one hundred and fifty five forests and twenty grasslands, so it is quite a big job.

There are several different branches of the USDA forest service that help to complete this job, and they are the State and Private Forestry branch, the National Forest System, and the Research and Development branch.

USDA Forest Service History

The Forest Service first began in 1876 with Franklin B. Hough. He conducted the first forest research by visiting the nation’s forests. In 1881, the forest service was dubbed the “Division of Forestry.” In 1891, it became legal to withdraw land by the government for reserves upon which nothing could be built.

In 1901, the Division of Forestry was renamed the Bureau of Forestry, and in 1905, it became known as the USDA Forest Service. It has been discussed whether the forest service should be moved to the Department of Interior, along with the National Park Service and other land management agencies, but it has not been moved as of this time. In 1944, Smokey the Bear was first used to discourage people from causing forest fires, and his slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” is one of the most well known phrases in the United States.

USDA Forest Service Regions

Ecosystems Services of the USDA Forest ServiceIn the United States, there are different designated forest districts to run forest management. The USDA Forest Service gives a district ranger to each district. Each district ranger (or rangers) is responsible for up keeping and protecting the forests in his or her area. This includes tasks such as controlling wildlife, building and maintaining park roads, overseeing campgrounds that might be in the park, controlling the grazing of animals on the property, managing vegetation, and ensuring no illegal activities are going on, such as forest fires or drug deals.

There is a forest research subdivision of the district rangers that studies the unique ecosystems, which occur naturally in the different forests and grasslands, to ensure that everything is being done to preserve them.

The forest service also must protect the areas that Congress has decided should not be cultivated in any way. The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations unit of the forest service plays a big roll in enforcing these laws.

That is a little information about the USDA Forest Service. It has been around for a long time, protecting and serving each national forest and the wildlife within, and it will continue to do so for a very long time. Its history has been long and varied, and the forest service does a great service to the United States and the world in general. Imagine what the U.S. would look like without any forests! It would be a very unbalanced country.

Page Updated: March 26, 2017
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