March 7, 2011 1:04 PM

U.S. Forest Service looks at changes in the 21st century

Resiliency is replacing productivity as the watchword of the U.S. Forest Service. The agency was founded in 1905 on the idea that using the science and technology of forestry could dramatically increase forest productivity and prevent a threatened “timber famine.” At the heart of that policy was eliminating forest fires, a goal and task the agency carried into the 1970s.

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