Did You Know?
- Healthy forests provide a host of benefits, such as purifying water, sustaining water levels and flow, and habitat for fish and wildlife.
- About 60 millions Americans rely on drinking water that originates on the national forests and grasslands.
- The Forest Service conserves, maintains and improves watersheds to meet population demands and to maintain the health of the ecosystems we manage.
- Improving and protecting watershed health requires an "All Lands" approach that integrates ecosystem functions on public and private land.
In the middle of hot Summer, July is a great month to reflect on "Provide abundant clean water" as part of the overall goal to provide benefits to the public. More than half of America's freshwater flows from public and private forest land, and about 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originates on the national forests and grasslands.
Communication messages that would support this month's theme include educating on the basic definition of a watershed, how they work, the responsibility of the community and conservation investments being undertaken by the Forest Service and partners to improve watersheds. July can also highlight existing national publications concerning water including a history of water or the executive summary on droughts.
About this Photo
More than half of America’s freshwater flows from public and private forest land. About 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originates from national forests and grasslands. Our commitment to investing and restoring watersheds is on-going and starts with healthy forests. Photo Credit: iStockphotos.com, © O. Oyoo
Past Monthly Themes
Sustain Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands #ForestFlow
Conserve Open Space #KeepitGreen
Mitigate Wildfire Risk #Wildfire
- Connect People to the Outdoors #GetOutdoors