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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

Forest Products

Felling loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) trees with a swing-to-tree feller-buncher. Felling loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) trees with a swing-to-tree feller-buncher. Photo: USDA Forest Service, Forest Operations Research , USDA Forest Service,

The National Forests were originally envisioned as working forests with multiple objectives: to improve and protect the forest, to secure favorable watershed conditions, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use of citizens of the United States. Forest management objectives have evolved and are broadly captured in the USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan FY 2015-2020 goals to sustain our Nation’s Forests and Grasslands and deliver benefits to the public. More specifically, timber sales and other removals of forest products support agency strategic objectives to foster resilient, adaptive ecosystems to mitigate climate change, mitigate wildfire risk, and strengthen communities.

Forest products include materials derived from a forest for commercial and personal use such as lumber, paper, and firewood as well as “special forest products” such as medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts, and other natural products.

Timber Sale, Stewardship, and Forest Products Contracts and Permits

The Forest Service sells timber and special forest products on a variety of contract and permit forms based on the complexity and/or value of the sale. Read more…

Tree Marking Paint

The National Headquarter's Forest Management Staff provides information, specifications, and meeting notes about tree marking paint. Read more…

Special Forest Products

Products or natural resources from the National Forests that are not the traditional timber and fiber products. Read more…