2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005)

Paper No. 1
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM


HOLM, Melody, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms, Golden, CO 80401, COLLINS, Tom, USDA Forest Service, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019 and GURRIERI, Joe T., USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, 324 25th Street, Ogden, 84401, mholm@fs.fed.us

Forest Service geology programs have a key role in helping the agency to effectively achieve its mission of "Caring for the Land and Serving People". This role is to provide a basic scientific understanding of the land for ecologically based planning and for implementing a wide range of Forest Service land and resource management activities. Nationwide, the public is concerned about geologic hazards and resource protection on the national forests. They are asking many difficult questions that reflect an increased awareness of geologic processes, such as landsliding, erosion and sedimentation, and their effects on water quality and sensitive species and their habitats. Well informed analysis and decisions on issues related to ecosystem components (soils, water, vegetation, riparian areas, watershed, species diversity, and fire) require geologic science along with other sciences. Forest Service geologists integrate geologic principles and interpretations into the management of public lands. Forest Service geology programs provide decision-makers with the geologic information required for making science-based decisions. Geologic wonders abound on the Forest Service's 192.5 million acres. One of the main reasons the public visits National Forests & Grasslands is to study and enjoy geologic resources. Whether it's research, environmental education, caving, climbing, collecting rocks and minerals, or enjoying spectacular scenery, all are influenced by geologic processes.