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Know Before You Go

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Your 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands await you. With 193 million acres to explore, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are a first-time visitor or an outdoor veteran, we want you to enjoy your trip while staying safe so you can come back again and again. Use the following tip sheets to help you know best practices before you go.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Your national forests and grasslands provide a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. To help you get the most of our your experience, read these helpful tips:


Stay Safe

The beauty and peacefulness of the forest may make you feel carefree, but you must remain vigilant for potentially dangerous situations.


Brave the Elements

The weather can change suddenly and dramatically. Be prepared by monitoring weather conditions before you set out for the day. 


Respect Wildlife


We share the outdoors with a variety of animals who make the forest their home. Remember, these are not pets. Keep a safe distance from them and be careful not to disturb their habitat. 


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