Welcome to the
Lands and Realty
About Map Viewers
: The Status and Encumbrance Map View provides the most up to date Forest Service lands status information, including current NFS lands ownership data, regional and forest boundaries, and National Forest survey information. These data are updated on a weekly basis.
: You can create a shortcut to the Map Service Viewers listed above on your desktop. Here is how. If you are using IE 8,9, 11, Chrome or Firefox:
- Click on a hyperlink above. This will take you to the map viewer page.
- Resize your web window to expose your desktop.
- At the top of the page, in the URL address window, left-click and drag the icon onto your desktop.
- Right click on the new icon on your desktop and choose "rename".
- Rename it to your liking (e.g. UFSF LWCF Map Viewer).
- You now have a desktop link directly to that map viewing service.
The Lands and Realty Management Program secures and protects the American public's rights, title, value, and
interests in its national forests and grasslands and authorizes a variety of uses on those lands to meet the needs of
present and future generations.
More than 192 million acres of public land are managed as national forests and grasslands. The protection of these lands and resources is a fundamental Forest Service responsibility. Through direct land management practices, the Lands and Realty Management program enables the agency to better manage federal lands within or adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) boundaries and deliver the necessary products and services that are essential for enhancing natural resource stewardship and providing for the public's enjoyment, future use, and access to NFS lands
Some of the uses and activities we facilitate include:
- Purchasing land to protect critical resource areas and provide increased public recreation opportunities
- Authorizing powerlines to provide electricity to a community
- Ensuring that a hydro-electric project protects riparian areas on the National Forest
- Exchanging and conveying lands to achieve a desired national forest landownership pattern that supports forest land and resource goals and objectives
- Conveying administrative sites to allow the agency to realign and enhance its asset portfolio
- Surveying national forest boundaries to identify and protect private and public lands
- Determining the market value of lands purchased, exchanged, or conveyed
- Authorizing a right-of-way for a road to a private home within the forest
- Accepting donations of land to protect archeological or historical sites
- Maintaining records of national forest land areas, land transactions, land status, permitted uses, and easements
- Securing public road and trail access to existing national forest system lands
For details about a specific location or area of interest, please contact your local
Forest Service Office.
Find a contact in the
Washington Office Lands Staff
directory for a question about an agency-wide program or issue. For Land Adjustment contact information please contact the WO or Regional Land Adjustment Staffs.
The WO-Lands Automated Lands Program (ALP) provides annual acreage data to the FS Albuquerque Service Center (ASC)
Budget & Finance staff for the purpose of computing All Service Receipts (ASR) revenue sharing payments to states and
counties. ALP also provides the Department of the Interior (DOI) with an annual accounting of NFS acres subject to
Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). PILT acreage data is used to compute Federal payments to local governments to help
offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. Geospatial datasets depicting
the annual ASR and PILT acreage data are now available for download here.
Land Areas of the National Forest System is the link to
statistics available on land areas administered by the Forest Service.
Print versions of the Mission and Goal statement are available in two file formats: PDF file or text only version.
Note: You will need Adobe Reader (available free of charge from the Adobe website) to open the PDF file.