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Forest Stewardship Program Projects and Partners

Return of the Acorn

To address forest fragmentation and the decline of oak ecosystems, the Forest Service helped the Lake County Forest Preserve District plant more than 2,800 trees and shrubs on 140 acres. More than one third of these were oaks, which will produce a more resilient forest. Photo credit: Lake County Forest Preserve District.

There’s a Spirit in the Woods

Steve and Janet and their children and grandchildren all play important roles in the success of the family's thriving tree farm. By leading by example, they promote sustainable forest management in their community and beyond. Photo credit: Laurie Schoonhoven.

The Forest Stewardship Program fosters effective and lasting partnerships with state foresters, conservation districts, university cooperative extension, and others to provide technical assistance, education programs, and other activities to hundreds of thousands of landowners each year.

Forest Resource Coordinating Committee – Facilitating Private Forest Conservation

This Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Agriculture on private forest conservation focuses upon owners of non-industrial private forest land. Read more…

A photo of Forest Service researcher John Schelhas and landowner Eleanor Cooper Brown

Forest Service researcher John Schelhas and landowner Eleanor Cooper Brown discuss her family’s land and forests. Photo: Sarah Hitchner

Joint Forestry Team – Forestry and Conservation Assistance for Owners of Working Lands

This collaboration of the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Association of Conservation Districts, and the National Association of State Foresters provides coordinated delivery of forestry and conservation assistance to working forests, farms, and ranches. Read more… 

Engaging Private and Family Woodland Owners, Protecting Forest Values

The Forest Service has partnered with the American Forest Foundation to work in 15 priority landscapes to restore fire-stricken forests, expand wildlife habitat for at risk species, safeguard drinking water, and sustainably grow fiber. Read more…

Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

The Forest Service, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are using sustainable forestry to help African American landowners resolve land ownership issues, build and enhance family wealth, and improve ecosystem sustainability. Read more…

Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively

The Forest Service partners with the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to develop innovative outreach and education tools that help natural resource professionals engage private forest landowners. Read more…

A photo of a closeup of a hand cradling a spruce seedling in a pair of hands

Anthony Scarfuto cradles a spruce seedling in his hands. Photo credit by Bruce Chandless

Women Owning Woodlands

The Women Owning Woodlands network supports women in forest leadership, women who manage their own woodlands, and all who facilitate the stewardship of forests through topical, accessible, and current forestry information. Read more…

Keys to Keeping Land in the Family

To keep their forest intact and in the family for generations to come, the Benedict family needed to find ways to make the land pay for itself. Read more…

Fostering Forest Health While Fueling Local Markets

Brad and Linda Kingery actively manage 80 acres of native upland forest in northeastern North Dakota. Their management efforts have improved forest health, increased species diversity, and stabilized eroding riverbanks - while generating valuable forest products for regional markets.

Retiree Finds New Purpose in Active Land Management

Relocating to rural Otsego County, NY upon his retirement inspired Anthony Scarfuto to become a model forest landowner and conservationist. Read more…

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