Forest Rangers bring to mind images of men and women wearing khaki uniforms directing people through the nation’s forests, regulating logging and fighting forest fires. However, their job is so much more and a lot more dangerous than many people realize.
According to the US Forest Service:
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Motto: Caring for the Land and Serving People
The phrase, “Caring for the Land and Serving People,” captures the Forest Service mission. As set forth in law, the mission is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people: It includes:
- Advocating a conservation ethic in promoting the health, productivity, diversity, and beauty of forests and associated lands.