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THE STATE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ADDRESS

Briefing for Forest Service Personnel

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STATE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ADDRESS

  • History of International Work in the Forest Service
  • Current Situation in International Programs
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History of US Forest Service International Activities

Phase 1 (1900-1945)

  • 1902—Bureau of Forestry Chief, Gifford Pinchot, is invited to the Philippines to provide technical assistance.
  • 1903—Creation of Caribbean Nation Forest Reserve in Puerto Rico—not international but started emphasizing tropical forestry.
  • 1905—Establishment of US Forest Service; Gifford Pinchot, First Chief.
  • 1910—Wood Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, starts research in tropics on tropical wood.

1900 1910 1920 1930 1940

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History of US Forest Service International Activities

Phase 2 (1945-1970)

  • Post WWII—USAID and FAO are established.
  • 1950—US Forest Service provides technical assistance to newly independent and developing countries.
  • 1958—Foreign Forestry Service is created under Deputy Chief for Research.
  • 1970—By 1970, US Forest Service has sent 150 professionals for long-term and short-term assignments overseas.
  • Over 2,500 foreign nationals have gone through the US Forest Service training programs.

1940 1950 1960 1970

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History of US Forest Service International Activities

Phase 3 (1970-1990)

  • 1980—USAID establishes Forestry Support Program (FSP) to assist countries around the world.
  • 1985—Disaster Assistance and Support Program (DASP) is established and funded by USAID.
  • 1987—US Forest Service provides assistance to 50 countries, and 35 Forest Service employees serve on 1-year assignments in 20 countries.

1970 1980 1990

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History of US Forest Service International Activities

Phase 4 (1990-Present)

  • 1990—International Forestry Cooperation Act is passed.
  • Farm Bill of 1990 directs Secretary to establish a Deputy Chief for International Forestry.
  • Jeff Sirmon is first Deputy Chief of International Forestry
  • 1991—USAID Forest Resources Management II project (FRM II) replaces FSP.

1990 2004

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History of US Forest Service International Activities

Phase 4 (1990-Present)

  • 1994—International Forestry has budget of $7 million and 55 FTE’s. USAID funding is $2 million.
  • International Forestry moves into Franklin Court Building at 14th and L Streets.
  • Jeff Sirmon retires.

1990 1994 2004

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Phase 4 (1990-Present) continued…

  • March 1995—Val Mezainis becomes second Deputy Chief for International Forestry.
  • June 1995—International Forestry is zeroed out by Congress and Deputy Chief position is eliminated in FY96 Appropriations bill.
  • Congress allows Forest Service to take $2.7 million of appropriated money “off the top” for International Forestry.
  • International Forestry downsizes to 17 FTE’s.

1990 1995 2004

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Phase 4 (1990-Present) continued…

  • June 1999—International Forestry becomes International Programs.
  • International Programs establishes partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited and universities.

1990 1999 2004

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Phase 4 (1990-Present) continued…

  • June 2000—International Programs gets line item in appropriated budget under State & Private Forestry
  • Money is no longer “off the top.”

1990 2000 2004

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