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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

Vegetation Management

Successful vegetation management ensures that our National Forests are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change while enhancing our water resources. Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) is a component of the forest management program that utilizes silvicultural practice overseeing the genetics, growing of seedlings in nurseries, reforestation, and restoration of our National Forests.

Genetic Resource Program

Providing seed for reforestation and restoration is one of the major goals of the Forest Service‚Äôs Genetic Program. Read more about the genetic resource program…

Nurseries and Seed Extractories

Forest Service nurseries and seed extractories provide locally adapted plants and seed for reforestation projects, provide an assured source of desirable species and stock types for restoring native ecosystems. Read more about nurseries and extractories…

Reforestation

Reforestation is at the core of our efforts to protect watersheds on National Forest System lands and on adjacent lands that have been affected by natural events, such as wildfire, climate change, and insect and disease infestations. Read more about reforestation…

Silviculture

Silviculture is the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of society, such as wildlife habitat, timber, water resources, restoration, and recreation on a sustainable basis. Read more about silviculture…

National Forest Genetics Laboratory

The National Forest Genetics Laboratory (NFGEL) provides state-of-the-art molecular genetic information to the National Forests and other cooperating agencies for the evaluation and protection of our nation's genetic resource. Read more about NFGEL…

Restoration

The U.S. Forest Service is committed to implementing and facilitating restoration on our national forests and grasslands, including state, tribal, and private lands, working with partners in an all-lands approach. Read more about restoration…

Woody Biomass Utilization

The Forest Service encourages the utilization of woody biomass from hazardous fuel reduction, restoration, and other management activities on public and private lands to help offset the costs of these activities, provide economic opportunities to rural communities, and enhance environmental benefits for the American public. Read more about woody biomass utilization…

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