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Heading: Working for the Great Outdoors.
 
What We Do (header)
Mission Statement (subheader)

  Working for the Great Outdoors!

The Forest Service mission is captured by the phrase "Caring for the Land and Serving People." Our mission, as set forth by law, is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people. For Forest Service employees this means participating in the following activities:
  • Advocating a conservation ethic in promoting the health, productivity, diversity, and beauty of forests and associated lands.
  • Listening to people and responding to their diverse needs in making decisions.
  • Protecting and managing the national forests and grasslands so that they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept.
  • Providing technical and financial assistance to State and private forest landowners, encouraging them to practice good stewardship and quality land management in meeting their specific objectives.
  • Providing international technical assistance to cities and urban communities to improve their natural environment by planting trees and caring for their forests.
  • Helping States and communities to use the forests wisely in order to promote rural economic development and a quality rural environment.
  • Developing and providing scientific and technical knowledge aimed at improving our capability to protect, manage, and use forests and rangelands.
  • Providing work, training, and education to the unemployed, underemployed, elderly, youth, and disadvantaged in pursuit of our mission.