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USDA Forest Service: THE NEXT 100 YEARS

A Conference On Fire & Forest Health

November 18-19, 2004
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

From the vision of Teddy Roosevelt to the current debates about forest health, the rich Forest Service legacy is both celebrated and criticized. On the eve of the agency’s second 100 years, we are asking some important questions:

How should the nation set priorities for the increased and competing uses on the 192,000,000 acres of our national forests? How do we resolve the conflicts about forest health? How will population growth affect wildland fire and forest health management? What is the record of the Forest Service over the past 100 years? What do we want our forests to look like in 2105? Should forest health become the Forest Service’s top priority?

These and other questions were considered at the Intermountain Regional Conference on Fire and Forest Health. The Forest Service, the Andrus Center for Public Policy, and The Idaho Statesman co-sponsored this event, one of several being convened across the country to preface the National Centennial Congress to be held in Washington, D.C. in January of 2005, exactly one hundred years after the creation of the U.S. Forest Service.

Among the speakers and panelists were Dale Bosworth, Chief, US Forest Service, Stephen J. Pyne, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University and Larry Craig, U.S. Senator (R., Idaho), Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Forestry & Public Lands Management.

Copies of the transcript and conference report are available in printed form from the Andrus Center or click the following links to download a .pdf version.

Download USDA Forest Service Conference Report (.pdf format 508k)

Download USDA Forest Service Conference Transcript (.pdf format 1.6MB)