National Forests and Grasslands
We manage public lands for multiple uses, including for:
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
You can measure the benefits your city derives from healthy trees using Forest Service tools.
- Use iTree to see what your trees are worth.
- Find your state urban and community forestry coordinators.
- 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?
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.
Learn more about our international work