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Title 36Chapter IIPart 200 → Subpart A

Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property

Subpart A—Organization

§200.1   Central organization.
§200.2   Field organization.

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§200.1   Central organization.

(a) Central office. The national office of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is located in the Auditors Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW. Washington, DC. It consists of the Office of the Chief and Associate Chief, and a Deputy Chief for each of the following five activities: Programs and Legislation, National Forest System, Research, State and Private Forestry, and Administration. All communications should be addressed to the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090-6090.

(b) Chief of the Forest Service. The Chief of the Forest Service, under the direction of the Secretary of Agriculture, administers the formulation, direction, and execution of Forest Service policies, programs, and activities.

(c) Deputy Chiefs. The major activities of the Forest Service at the headquarters level are divided into five Deputy Chief areas with each further divided into staff units. The programs and functions of staff units are directed by staff directors and may be subdivided into groups headed by group leaders. A description of the major activities of each Deputy Chief follows:

(1) Programs and legislation. Overall planning of Forest Service programs, policy formulation and analysis, budgeting, legislative development, reporting and liaison, and environmental coordination.

(2) National Forest System. Administration of National Forest System lands and management of natural resources within the principle of multiple use and sustained yield. Management includes planning, coordinating, and directing the national resource programs of timber, range, wildlife, recreation, watershed, and mineral areas; and support activities of fire, engineering, lands, aviation, and computer systems. The National Forest System includes:

155 Proclaimed or designated National Forests

20 National Grasslands

51 Purchase Units

8 Land Utilization Projects

20 Research and Experimental Areas

33 Other Areas

The first four classifications listed above are administered as 121 Forest Service Administrative Units, each headed by a Forest Supervisor. National Recreation Areas, National Forest Wildernesses, and Primitive Areas are included in the above land classifications.

(3) Research. Plan, coordinate, and direct research programs to learn how man can best use and protect the plant, animal, soil, water, and esthetic resources of nonagricultural rural and exurban lands for his well-being and enjoyment. These programs include research on timber management, forest products and engineering, forest economics and marketing, watersheds, wildlife and fish habitat, range, recreation and other environmental concerns, forest insects and disease, forest fire and atmospheric science. Plans and directs international forestry activities and disseminates forestry research information throughout the world.

(4) State and private forestry. Coordinate and provide leadership for intergovernmental resource programs for technical and financial assistance to improve and protect State and privately-owned forest resources and urban and community forestry. Carries out this action through cooperative forestry, area planning and development, cooperative fire protection, forest insect and disease management, cooperative tree planting, and overall Forest Service participation in rural development and environmental concern, including civil defense and other emergency activities.

(5) Administration. Provide support for Forest Service programs through management improvement, fiscal and accounting, administrative services, personnel management, manpower and youth conservation, antipoverty programs, communication and electronics, internal review system, external audits, coordination of civil rights activities, public information, and Service-wide management of systems and computer applications.

[41 FR 24350, June 16, 1976, as amended at 42 FR 32230, June 24, 1977; 43 FR 27190, June 23, 1978; 44 FR 5660, Jan. 29, 1979; 62 FR 33366, June 19, 1997]

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§200.2   Field organization.

The field organization of the Forest Service consists of regions, stations, and areas as described below:

(a) Regions of the National Forest System. For the purpose of managing the lands administered by the Forest Service, the United States is divided into nine geographic regions of the National Forest System. Each region has a headquarters office and is supervised by a Regional Forester who is responsible to the Chief for the activities assigned to that region. Within each region are located national forests and other lands of the Forest Service.

(1) National Forests. Each Forest has a headquarters office and is supervised by a Forest Supervisor who is responsible to the Regional Forester. Two or more proclaimed or designated National Forests, or all of the Forests in a State, may be combined into one Forest Service Administrative Unit headed by one Forest Supervisor. Each Forest is divided into Ranger Districts. The Alaska Region is composed of two National Forests without Ranger Districts; with one Forest divided into three areas, each administered by a Forest Supervisor.

(2) Ranger districts. Each district may include a portion of a national forest, a national grassland or portion thereof, a national recreation area, a wilderness or primitive area, and other lands administered by the Forest Service. Each district has a headquarters office and is supervised by a District Ranger (or Area Ranger in some cases) who is responsible to the Forest Supervisor.

(b) Forest and rangeland research coordination. The field research program is coordinated by six research stations, the national Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. Each has a headquarters office and a Director who is responsible to the Chief for all research activities within a geographical area of the United States or its territories. Scientists are based at Research Work Units with laboratories located in 36 lower States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Scientists primarily conduct their work within a given geographical area, but due to the integrated and cooperative nature of the research program, they make work nationwide and internationally.

(c) State and private forestry cooperation. Field level cooperation between the Forest Service, States, and the private sector on forestry activities is accomplished by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry for the Northeastern States; and by the National Forest Regional Offices in the Southeastern and Western States. The Northeastern Area is supervised by an Area Director who is responsible to the Chief for State and private forestry activities within the Area. Regional Foresters in Regions 1 through 8 and Region 10 are responsible for State and private forestry activities within those regions.

(d) International Institute of Tropical Forestry. The Institute is managed by a Director who is the senior Forest Service official in Puerto Rico. The Director is responsible to the Chief for planning and directing research, science and technology exchange, technical assistance to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and international cooperation on natural resources concerning tropical forestry.

(e) Field addresses. The addresses of Regional Foresters, Station Directors, and Area Directors are given below. Under each Regional Office address is a list of National Forest Administrative Units by States with locations of Forest Supervisor headquarters. Headquarters locations for Ranger Districts, National Grasslands, and National Recreation Areas are not listed but may be obtained from Forest Supervisors or Regional Foresters.

National Forests by Region

State in which forest is locatedNational forest administration unitHeadquarters location of forest supervisor
Region 1, Northern Region (Regional Forester, Federal Bldg., P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807):
   Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Kaniksu-Coeur 'dAlene-St. JoeCoeur d'Alene.
   Lewis and ClarkGreat Falls.
Region 2, Rocky Mountain Region (Regional Forester, 740 Simms Street, P. O. Box 25127, Lakewood, CO 80225):
ColoradoArapaho-RooseveltFort Collins.
   Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre and GunnisonDelta.
   Pike-San IsabelPueblo.
   San Juan-Rio GrandeMonte Vista.
   White RiverGlenwood Springs.
NebraskaNebraska (Samuel R. McKelvie)Chadron.
South DakotaBlack HillsCuster.
   Medicine Bow-RouttLaramie.
Region 3, Southwestern Region (Regional Forester, Federal Bldg., 517 Gold Ave. SW., Albuquerque, NM 87102):
New MexicoCarsonTaos.
   GilaSilver City.
   Santa FeSanta Fe.
Region 4, Intermountain Region (Regional Forester, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401):
   Caribou (Cache-Idaho portion)Pocatello.
   SawtoothTwin Falls.
   TargheeSt. Anthony.
   Toiyabe, except the Lake Tahoe basin management unitSparks.
   DixieCedar City.
   Manti-La SalPrice.
   Wasatch (Cache-Utah portion)Salt Lake City.
Region 5, Pacific Southwest Region (Regional Forester, 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111):
   ClevelandSan Diego.
   Eldorado, except the Lake Tahoe basin management unitPlacerville.
   Los PadresGoleta.
   San BernardinoSan Bernardino.
   Six RiversEureka.
   Stanislaus (Calaveras Bigtree)Sonora.
   Tahoe, except the Lake Tahoe basin management unitNevada City.
   Lake Tahoe basin management unit (portions of Toiyabe, Eldorado, and Tahoe National Forests)South Lake Tahoe (headed by an administrator).
Region 6, Pacific Northwest Region (Regional Forester, 333 S.W. 1st Avenue, P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208):
   MalheurJohn Day.
   Mount HoodGresham.
   Rogue RiverMedford.
   SiskiyouGrants Pass.
   WinemaKlamath Falls.
   Gifford PinchotVancouver.
   Mount Baker-SnoqualmieMountain Terrace.
Region 8, Southern Region (Regional Forester, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW., Atlanta, GA 30367):
AlabamaNational forests in Alabama (William B. Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, Tuskegee)Montgomery.
ArkansasOuachitaHot Springs.
   Ozark-St. FrancisRussellville.
FloridaNational forests in Florida (Apalachicola, Ocala, Osceola)Tallahassee.
KentuckyDaniel BooneWinchester.
MississippiNational Forests in Mississippi (Bienville, Delta, De Soto, Holly Springs, Homochitto, Tombigbee)Jackson.
North CarolinaNational forests in North Carolina (Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie)Asheville.
Puerto RicoCaribbeanRio Piedras, PR.
South CarolinaFrancis Marion and SumterColumbia.
TexasNational forests in Texas (Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine, Sam Houston)Lufkin.
VirginiaGeorge Washington-JeffersonRoanoke.
Region 9, Eastern Region (Regional Forester, 310 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203):
Indiana and OhioWayne-HoosierBedford, IN.
MinnesotaChippewaCass Lake.
MissouriMark TwainRolla.
New Hampshire and MaineWhite MountainLaconia, NH.
VermontGreen MountainRutland.
West VirginiaMonongahelaElkins.
WisconsinChequamegonPark Falls.
Region 10, Alaska Region (Regional Forester, Federal Office Bldg., P.O. Box 21628, Juneau, AK 99802-1628):
      Chatham areaSitka.
      Ketchikan areaKetchikan.
      Sitkine areaPetersburg.

Forest and Range Experiment Stations, Laboratories, and Institutes Name of Unit and Headquarters of Director

North Central Research Station—1995 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Northeastern Research Station—100 Matsonford Road, 5 Radnor Corporate Center, Suite 200, P.O. Box 6775, Radnor, PA 19087-4585.

Pacific Northwest Research Station—333 S.W. 1st Avenue, P.O. Box 3890, Portland, OR 97208-3890.

Pacific Southwest Research Station—800 Buchanan Street, West Building, Albany, CA 94710-0011.

Rocky Mountain Research Station—240 West Prospect Street, Fort Collins, CO 80526-2098.

Southern Research Station—200 Weaver Boulevard, P.O. Box 2680, Asheville, NC 28802.


Forest Products Laboratory—One Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53705-2398.


International Institute of Tropical Forestry—Call Box 25000, UPR Experimental Station Grounds, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00928-2500.

State and Private Forestry Area Office

Director, Northeastern Area—100 Matsonford Road, P.O. Box 6775, Radnor, PA 19087-4585.

Note: In Regions 1 through 8 and 10, State and Private Forestry activities are directed from Regional headquarters.

[41 FR 24350, June 16, 1976, as amended at 42 FR 32230, June 24, 1977; 42 FR 40438, Aug. 10, 1977; 43 FR 27190, June 23, 1978; 44 FR 5660, Jan. 29, 1979; 62 FR 33366, 33367, June 19, 1997]

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