US Forest Service

Managing the Land


National Forests and Grasslands

Mountain and forest scene of the Bridger Wilderness, Wyoming.

We manage public lands for multiple uses, including:

  • Forests
  • Minerals and Geology
  • Plants
  • Rangelands
  • Recreation
  • Restoration
  • Water
  • Wildlife and Fish

Learn more about forests and grasslands

Private land

Your land is important to you, and we have information that can help you:

  • Prepare for wildfires
  • Make your land work for you
  • Develop your own forest plan

Learn more about lands

Urban forests

You can measure the benefits your city derives from healthy trees using Forest Service tools.

  • Use iTree to see what your trees are worth.
  • Find your state urban and community forestry coordinators.
  • Get involved in urban natural resources stewardship.

Learn more about getting involved


Millions of acres of public lands are unaffected by growth so you can use and enjoy them as wilderness.

  • What makes a wilderness area?
  • Does designation always equal protection?
  • Where are the wilderness areas?

Learn more about wilderness areas

Natural Resources

Ensuring a viable ecosystem means ensuring our natural resources have a good, healthy basis:

  • Water is the most important commodity on agency lands
  • Air, like water, is inseparable from the health of natural resources.
  • Soil serves many purposes in the health of natural resources.

Learn more about natural resources


Managing wildfires on public lands is both a proactive and reactive challenge.

  • Fire is managed in several ways, including deliberately burning dead trees.
  • Forests benefit from selective burning.
  • Education is the most important tool for wildfire prevention.

Learn more about wildfires


  • Many of America’s beloved backyard birds are migratory –spending time in countries where habitats are threatened.  We work to conserve their habitats both here and abroad.
  • By combating illegal logging overseas, we help to level the playing field in international trade and benefit the U.S. forest products industry.
  • Each year, invasive forest pests inflict more than $2 billion in damages to U.S. forest resources. International cooperation is the most effective way to control existing pests and prevent further introductions.

Learn more about our international work


Gary Munson

$38,000 - $52,000 yearly
US Forest Service Mt Shasta, CA, USA
May 23, 2019
Full time
Duties: Oversees the operation and maintenance of the developed and dispersed district recreation program (campgrounds, day-use areas, lookout rentals, and winter play areas) . Makes repairs, removes or replaces facilities, or closes areas of facilities when hazards cannot be promptly eliminated. Maintains District recreation facilities such as toilets, road closure gates, hand pumps, water systems, picnic tables, fire rings, barriers, dumpsters and other miscellaneous structures. Conducts inventory and removal of hazard trees within developed sites. Prepares annual updates of work needed and cost to bring site conditions and operation up to full standard. Manages infrastructure montoring and condition survey assessment through the INFRA database. Naturalizes sites where necessary in order to control use and prevent resource damage. Determines informational and regulatory signing needs for the unit including arranging for installation, and monitors for effectiveness. Helps to keep sign inventory current.   Serves as a California state certified water system operator to maintain public drinking water systems.   Serves as a liason to volunteers and campground hosts.   Conducts grooming and maintenance of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile trails. Serves as a California state certfied snowcat/groomer operator including maintaining and operating groomer, snowmobiles, equipment, and tools.   Participates with other resource personnel to develop long-range plans for managing recreation resources within developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit. Identifies potential problems arising from changing use patterns and new activities and recommends strategies to deal with them.   Participates in the development of plans for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management objectives and policies. Prepares detailed project work plans and schedules, including required personnel, equipment, and supplies.   Assist in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites. Monitors the scope of the approved operating plans. Serves to gather, compile, and recommend improvements for developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit.     Serves as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) determining to implement and oversee contracts. Works with contracting personnel to describe the job and develop specifications and bid packages. Serves as inspector and contracting officer's representative on service contracts ensuring work is completed properly.   The incumbent inspects recreation areas, areas of concentrated public use, and special use permits for compliance with the permit and management plans, public health regulations, and safety plans.   Serves as a certfied Collection Officer for recreation sites to collect fees and record collections.   Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special Use authorization. Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions. Patrols district roads, trails, and/or waterways and ensure that use is in accordance with recreation plans and regulations.   Patrols management unit to collect use data, identify or correct unsafe conditions, answer visitor inquiries, prevent vandalism and other anti-social behavior, gather current information recreation opportunities. Takes appropriate action to enforce Federal Regulations and to protect life and property. Coordinates enforcement activities with local Forest Service law enforcement personnel.   Prepares job hazard analysis and conducts safety training for all projects. Strictly complies with and enforces the Forest Service Safety Code. Skill in the safe operation of hand and power tools to perform construction and maintenance duties and to train co-workers and volunteers in their use.           Gary Munson Becky Cooper