Welcome to the
Lands and Realty
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
Realty Management program enables the agency to better manage Federal lands within or adjacent to 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
- Authorizing a powerline to provide electricity to a community
- Ensuring that a hydro-electric project protects riparian areas on the National
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.