Stewardship and Fire What does “stewardship” mean for the management of fire and fuels on the Umpqua National Forest? Stewardship is the process whereby one person provides expert, responsible care of someone else’s property or personal affairs. By Congressional authority, Forest Service managers serve as stewards of the Umpqua’s land and waters, its buildings and roads — all those wonderful resources we own together. The word stewardship also applies to a type of contract Forest Service employees use to get work done in the forest. Stewardship contracting allows the agency to swap goods for services. For example, saleable timber for …
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