PSU Transportation Seminar: Forest Service Engineering, Lessons and Opportunities

Friday, May 17, 2024, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Joe Totten, USDA Forest Service
Free and open to the public
Vanport Building room 269
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. We've opened up PSU Transportation Seminars to other days of the week, but the format is the same: Feel free to bring your lunch! If you can't join us in person, you can always watch online via Zoom.



Working in the Forest Service Engineering has different challenges and benefits than other common organizations for Civil Engineers or Transportation Planners. This presentation should provide a perspective on how we utilize dynamic tensions to reach consensus, how we apply lessons learned across disciplines and agencies, and share opportunities for growth and learning.


  • An introduction to Forest Service, the engineering done in the agency and how history shapes today's work.
  • Transportation Planning across landscapes, planning for access absent residents/permanent job sites.
  • Resolving conflict from competing goals and missions.


Joseph Totten, Assistant Regional Transportation Engineer/Shared Roads Systems Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Region 6

Joe Totten is an engineer with USDA-Forest Service. He has worked in municipal government, state government, a transit system and as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching middle school. He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota and a master degree from Portland State University. His research focuses were accessibility and transit. 


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) is home to the U.S. DOT funded National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), PORTAL, BikePed Portal and other transportation grants and programs. We produce impactful research and tools for transportation decision makers, expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engage students and professionals through education and participation in research.