Building Positive Relationships: Parks, Government, Healthcare
Presentation and Discussion

Good News About Nature in the US Political Arena

Toby Bloom, US Forest Service
National Program Manager for Tourism and Interpretive Services, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
United States Forest Service

Selected “good news” facts, surprising statistics, and uplifting anecdotes about how nature is being protected and regarded in the US political arena. We haven’t been getting a lot of good news from the political arena lately. However, politicians, the voting public, and private industry are quietly driving the country to be more green. I’ll discuss how I got where I am in my career and some encouraging trends, and anecdotes from gov’t meetings and proceedings that will give you hope about nature and its survival in a changing world.

A native of the DC Metropolitan area, Toby Bloom is the National Program Manager for Tourism and Interpretive Services for the US Forest Service. Some of the current Forest Service initiatives she leads are the development of the National Forest Explorer Mobile App; strengthening recreation economies in forest gateway communities; promoting healthy people and forests through innovative public lands and public health partnerships; and working with Interpretive Associations to improve visitor experience and appreciation of the National Forests. Toby was previously the Latin America and Caribbean Program Specialist for the International Programs division of the Forest Service. Before joining the USFS, she developed community ecotourism projects in high biodiversity areas of Latin America and the Caribbean as the Director of Wildlife Ecotourism for Humane Society International, as a technical expert for USAID in Honduras, and in several other consultancies in the region. Toby started her career in recreation and tourism as a tour guide through the US, Canada, and Mexico. Ms Bloom received her master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Toby leads forest bathing sessions in Washington DC and the surrounding suburbs. Please visit her website at