Op-Ed: Thank you, communities, partners and volunteers, for all your support during government shutdown
The five-week government shutdown was a trying time for Forest Service employees and their families. Our partners, volunteers, permittees, and contractors were also impacted, as well as many businesses and communities closely tied to national forests and the work we do.
On behalf of the Forest Service employees across the Pacific Northwest, I want to thank everyone who stepped up to help and support our employees and the national forests during this challenging time.
We are grateful and touched by this outpouring of support. Citizens and businesses offered assistance to help employees make ends meet and care for their families.
State and local agencies chipped in to help protect and maintain recreation sites.
Dedicated volunteers came out in droves and partners carried on our shared conservation work.
Times like this underscore the importance of shared stewardship. Our shared commitment to public lands – and each other – drives everything we do.
Today, we are more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.
The opportunities and challenges we face transcend boundaries and impact people beyond the jurisdiction of any single agency or organization.
That’s why we are committed to working across boundaries in shared stewardship with states, partners, and local communities to support each other and accomplish shared objectives.
We’re glad to be back at work doing what we love – caring for the land and serving people.
We are currently assessing the shutdown’s impacts and determining how best to adjust to ensure we continue to deliver the services the public expects.
We will engage our partners and local communities in these conversations as we adapt and move forward together.
Service is one of our bedrock values.
We are heartened and humbled to know that when the need arises, our communities, partners, and the public we serve are here for us, too.
We thank you wholeheartedly for your support and look forward to continuing our work together in shared stewardship.
Pacific Northwest Regional Forester
Source Information: Glenn Casamassa is the Regional Forest for the USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region, supervising operations and staff on all national forests and grassland in Oregon and Washington State. For more information about the agency’s Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6), visit: www.fs.usda.gov/r6.