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Budget & Performance

Budgeting for results

The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Of course, a budget that supports those missions helps us do our jobs. We appreciate your support as we work toward the future.

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budget and performance graphWhat the budget supports:

The graphic shows jobs supported in various industries across the U.S. The agency budget also supports:

  • Management of 193 million acres of public lands in 43 states and Puerto Rico for multiple uses.
  • Sustainable stewardship of more than 600 million acres of forestland across the U.S., including more than 400 million acres of private land.
  • The largest forestry research organization in the world.
  • Sustainable stewardship of forests in more than 80 countries.


How are we doing?

The pine marten depend on mixed conifers, spruce, fir and aspen forests for breeding and foraging. The Forest Service multiple-use mission includes ensuring healthy habitats that can sustain wildlife. (U.S. Forest Service)Tracking our activities through performance measures provides the Forest Service the opportunity to demonstrate our achievements.

  • Performance accountability is an integral part of Forest Service operating standards, as it aligns projects and initiatives with long-term targets and strategic goals.
  • Project plans are reviewed and updated throughout the fiscal year to reflect changed conditions.
  • Accomplishments for key performance measures are used as part of the annual performance evaluations. This process provides concrete linkages between our strategic goals and our day-to-day activities.

Read our budget and performance standards

Tracking our activities through performance measures provides the Forest Service the opportunity to demonstrate our achievements.

Previous Fiscal Year Budgets


Appropriations-related questions from Congress

The Forest Service is sometimes asked to provide answers to appropriations-related questions from Congress, sometimes referred to as Congressional Directives. The responses can be in the form of a letter or a report or both. Sometimes other supporting documents are included. Each includes the bill referenced in the directive.

 
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