Janet Hinchee – US Forest Service
Meet Janet Hinchee – Silviculturist from the US Forest Service
This is Janet Hinchee, the Silivulturist for the Ocala National Forest. Silviculture is the practice of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests to meet diverse needs. Janet equates silvicuture to gardening, except instead of gardening small planets, she gardens trees. Instead of looking to grow something immediately, she’s planning for the future. Trying to ensure that there will be trees growing here 50 to 100 years in the future. Janet studies trees in order to prescribe treatments to accomplish different objectives, whether that be producing timber, creating wildlife habitats, or helping make sure there are scenic views for visitors to the park.
The US forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protect 154 national forest and 20 grasslands in over 40 states as well as in Puerto Rico. their mission is to sustain a healthy, diverse and productive status in each of the nations forests and grasslands with the idea of meeting the needs of present and future generations. From Wildland firefighting to the world’s largest forestry research organization, the US Forest service has many branches to help achieve this goal.
Every year the US Forest Service manages roughly 193 million acres of forest, 7.2 million acres of wetlands, and 36.6 million acres of wilderness. They also manage Lakes, trails, streams, byways, rivers, campgrounds and more! It is estimated that each year visitors spend over 13 billion dollars to visit the grounds and parks that the agency manages. It is good for the economy and good for our forests well-being.
“Caring for the Land and Serving People,” captures the Forest Service mission. As set forth in law, the mission is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people.