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Managing the Land

National Forests and Grasslands

A photo of Bridger Wilderness, extends 80 miles along the Continental Divide with seven out of 10 of the worlds largest glaciers.

We manage public lands for multiple uses, including for:

  • Restoration
  • Water
  • Recreation

Private land

Your land is important to you, and we have information that can help you:

  • Prepare for wildfires
  • Make your land work for you
  • Develop your own forest plan

Urban forests

The benefits your city derive from healthy trees is measureable. 

  • Find your state urban and community forestry coordinators.
  • Use iTree to see what your trees are worth.
  • Get involved in urban natural resources stewardship.


Millions of acres of public lands are unaffected by growth so you can use and enjoy them as wilderness.

  • What makes a wilderness area?
  • Does designation always equal protection?
  • Where are the wilderness areas?

Natural Resources

Ensuring a viable ecosystem means ensuring our natural resources have a good, healthy basis:

  • Water is the most important commodity on agency lands
  • Air, like water, is inseparable from the health of natural resources.
  • Soil serves many purposes in the health of natural resources.


Managing wildfires on public lands is both a proactive and reactive challenge.

  • Fire is managed in several ways, including deliberately burning dead trees.
  • Forests benefit from selective burning.
  • Education is the most important tool for wildfire prevention.


  • Many of America’s beloved backyard birds are migratory –spending time in countries where habitats are threatened.  We work to conserve their habitats both here and abroad.
  • By combating illegal logging overseas, we help to level the playing field in international trade and benefit the U.S. forest products industry.
  • Each year, invasive forest pests inflict more than $2 billion in damages to U.S. forest resources. International cooperation is the most effective way to control existing pests and prevent further introductions.

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