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U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Watershed Improvement & Restoration

Damaged land surfaces are carefully restored through the application of efficient and timely restorative practices.

Burned Area Emergency Response.  Following wildfire, lands are evaluated for damage and protective practices are immediately applied to protect fragile soils, sensitive stream channels, and critical downstream uses from further damage.  This link takes you to information about the 2000 Burned Area Emergency Response efforts, overview, policies, and the 1999 Training materials.

National Riparian Program. Streams and adjacent uplands are managed to ensure continued benefits to dependent resources - fisheries, wildlife, and water - while providing a broad range of services, including recreation, forest products, and grazing.

Large Scale Watershed Restoration Projects.  Over a century ago, public concern about adequate supplies of clean water helped lead to the establishment of the Forest Reserves. Now, helping  the Forest Service focus on one of its original purposes, the Large Scale Watershed Restoration Projects provide opportunities for local collaboration to help restore watersheds across the country.