Preparing together for “Life without Secure Rural Schools County Payments.” T o m T i d w e l l C h i e f ( B i o g r a p h y ) Welcome to the web site of the U.S. Forest Service Chief’s Office! In case you’re new to the Forest Service, our purpose is twofold: (1) to make sure that America’s forests and grasslands are in the healthiest condition they can be; and (2) to see to it that you have lots of opportunities to use, enjoy, and care for the lands and waters that sustain us all. Our focus at the Forest Service is on the ground—on the places where you live, work, and play. Above all, we’re dedicated to keeping everyone on the ground safe and secure. Our goal is to serve our communities, both rural and urban. One way is to work with partners for healthy, resilient forests and rangelands on federal, state, and private lands. Healthy lands support the outdoor activities of millions of Americans each year, a service we proudly provide on the National Forest System. A central concern for all Americans is sustainable land management. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect our communities, properties, and wildland resources from catastrophic fire and other threats. You own your national forests and grasslands, and we are here to serve you. As you browse our website, please think of ways we can better serve. Skamania County: 80% USFS regulated. 10% CRGNSA regulated. 2% commercial, residential or agricultural development. Skamania County circa 1941. FS GP Historical Timber Yield 1988-2012 Source- FS Annual CUTS203F reports 5 Timber Receipts vs & Fed. Payments: $8,000,000 $7,000,000 $6,000,000 $5,000,000 $4,000,000 DNR Federal Timber $3,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $- County Budget: 60000000 50000000 40000000 Total 30000000 Current Expense 20000000 10000000 0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 1. Sheriff Budget reduced by 50%. 2. General Services Budget reduced by 50%. 3. No NCEMS contract (Title III.) 4. All/most non-state law required services removed. FS GP Timber Harvest 2000-2012 Allowable vs Actual Potential BF over 13 yrs = 676,000,000 vs Actual = 152,000,000 Source- FS Annual CUTS203F reports 9 “Practical, Flexible Solutions:” GPNF officials and County Commissioner/GPAG begin preparation now with these projects: 1. Wind River Watershed Landscape Management Plan development. 2. WRBP Biomass Facility proposal. 3. Resolution of WRBP Water Wells, Easement and access for power, water, septic. 4. Direct Stewardship Projects to County NF enhancement projects. 5. Enhance our relationships thru a Cooperating Agency MOU for routine development and review of these projects, and Assist in building effectiveness of the SGPC.