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Safe Visits on National Forests and Grasslands

[image] A picture of a man fishing in a river.

As a visitor to our National Forests and Grasslands, you will find many opportunities to enjoy and explore nature’s creations. Our sites not only include the mighty timberlands, but mountains, hills, lakes, deserts, and the wildlife that inhabit the lands. These areas create great passageways for America’s highways, byways, and backroads leading to great recreation activities. However, because of the large territories that are covered by forest, many unforeseen dangers present unpredictable challenges for our visitors to have a safe visit. The following sections will allow you to examine some of our safety challenges and additional links that will offer extended exploration of the topics.

Around Wildlife

  • You are responsible for your safety and the safety of wildlife. Please help keep wildlife "wild" by not approaching or feeding them.
  • Please do not feed wildlife. Animals that get food from people may become aggressive. Our foods may harm an animal's digestive system or even cause them death.
  • Do not approach wildlife. All wild animals can be dangerous. Alter your route so that you will move away from animals without disturbing them. Do not block an animal's line of travel.
  • Photograph and watch wildlife from observation areas.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes and telephoto lenses to minimize stress to animals and to provide a safe viewing distance for you.
  • If an animal approaches you, it is your responsibility to move away and maintain a safe distance.

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Abandoned Mines

The Forest Service manages a large part of the Federal lands across the United States. Much of this land, especially that of the western states, was used historically for mining of metals such as gold, copper, lead, and zinc. Abandoned mines pose a safety risk to the public, increasing the need to make all aware of the dangers of entrance into these areas. more  »

Fire Safety

 The USDA Forest Service works relentlessly to manage, suppress, and eliminate the occurrence of wildland fires. This task can be hazardous and demanding, but every effort is given to protect the public, firefighters, inhabitants, natural resources, and property. more  »

Hazardous Material

The National Forest is intended to be a natural beauty for the environment. However, due to commercial uses and illegal uses, the lands can become a dwelling of hazardous waste. Forest Service works to protect the public by identifying and disposing of these materials to prevent harm. more  »

Outdoor and Recreation Safety

Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to a national forest, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Consider the following safety tips when you visit a national forest or national grassland. more  »

Health Safety

Personal health and well being should be a concern of all activities of daily living. This includes those activities that are done for recreational enjoyment. Though often not encountered, there are some health hazards that have potential exposure for those visiting our lands. To become familiar with these hazards, click on the following links for an in depth explanation of the process, potential for exposure, and safety measures. more  »

Tree Safety

[image] A picture of a hazardous tree with a large chunk missing from the trunk area.

All that looks green is not green through and through. A standing tree could have the possibility of causing serious injuries to persons and property. Trees can become hazardous due to significant flaws or structural damages. Every tree will fail over a life span. The Forest Service expends time and energy to gain knowledge of each tree species, site characteristics, and local weather conditions to minimize the risk to our employees, structures, and property. The Forest Service is also involved in timber cutting to provide resources for our nation. Although this service has been executed for many years, there remains a danger to those involved in the procedure.

Visitor Safety

Warnings and preparation can be given for encountering fires, hazardous materials and abandoned mines. However, it is more difficult to predict the behavior of other humans. The National Forests are not exempt from attacks to the public by others visiting the areas. Often our visitors may come in contact with angry, intoxicated, illegal, or armed individuals while visiting our forest. The Forest Service does not tolerate threats or acts of violence against our visitors. more  »

Fire Shelter System Website The NWCG – Fire Shelter Task Group is pleased to announce the launching of a new website. The purpose of the Fire Shelter System website is to offer a centralized consistent communication site that provides information to meet the program support and safety needs of the agencies and firefighters.   

NWCG Safety and Health Working Team home page  

Hazard Tree Safety Website The NWCG – Safety and Health Working Team (SHWT) is pleased to announce the launching of a new website. The purpose of the Hazard Tree and Tree Felling website is to help firefighters manage and mitigate this recognized high risk threat to safety in the wildland fire environment. The website will provide a centralized consistent emphasis on high risk activities, programs, and issues involving hazard trees and tree felling to meet the safety needs of the agencies and firefighters.  The website includes ongoing information, education, and recommendations on the important roles that leadership, supervisors, sawyers, and individual employees have in managing and mitigating tree hazards.

Six Minutes For Safety The Federal Fire and Aviation Safety Team (FFAST) encourages every fire program to become involved in Six Minutes for Safety. This is the first interagency safety initiative that, on a daily basis, addresses the high risk situations that historically get our people in trouble.

SAFENET Front line firefighters have another tool that provides a way to be heard and get unsafe situations resolved on the fireline. SAFENET is a form, and process. It's a method for reporting and resolving field situations quickly and at the level closest to the fire.

The Aviation Safety Communique (SAFECOM) database fulfills the Aviation Mishap Information System (AMIS) requirements for aviation mishap reporting for the Department of Interior agencies and the US Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management Morning Report, SIT Report, Outlooks, Fire Maps, Stats, National Team Rotations...

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