Foresters say the U.S. Forest Service should have a greater awareness of environmental matters, according to a new survey.

Greg Brown, a doctoral student in the University of Idaho College of Forestry, says he reached that conclusion with statistics, charts and other results from a survey of about 2,000 Forest Service employees.He presented his preliminary findings at the school on Thursday. They were based on surveys received from 764 members of a new group of forest employees advocating change and 1,153 non-members, including 335 managers.

Brown also said members of the new Association of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics believe the agency should be run differently.

Brown said members of the group, founded last year by Jeff Debonis of Eugene, Ore., tend to put more emphasis on recreation and wildlife, while the agency and its more traditional leaders overemphasize timber production and grazing.