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Nature’s Benefits

People receive several benefits, often called “ecosystem services,” from healthy natural systems. These include food, clean water, flood prevention, disease regulation, and recreational use. At the Forest Service, we look closely at the benefits people value to guide our management decisions. 

Find out more and help us steward these resources as we carry out the Forest Service mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Cub with Pink SalmonWatershed Investment Partnership Story

Sea Lion on Tongass National ForestCultural Values Story

A closeup photo of a mudcrackForest Planning in the Pacific Southwest or Rogue-Siskiyou Planning

Urban Forest Story

Research Story

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Clean Water

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Local Economies

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Recreation

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Fish and Wildlife

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Fresh Air

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Energy

 

Nature’s Benefits 101

Nature’s Benefits Across Lands

Resources

Contact Us at ecosystemservices@fs.fed.us

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