Shawnee National Forest Employee of the Quarter, Linda Hauser
Shawnee National Forest recently recognized Linda Hauser as Employee of the Quarter for her extra efforts. Hauser leads conservation education programs in Southern Illinois, which includes in-school programs for students and continuing education training for teachers. She also spearheads marquee Shawnee National Forest events, such as Critter Night in October and Arborwild in June. Most recently, Hauser played a critical role in supporting staff during a construction project at its Jonesboro office. She also demonstrates a great passion for her work.
About Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.