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U.S. Forest Service


Restore, Enhance, and Maintain

Restoration means creating and maintaining healthy, resilient forests capable of delivering all the benefits that people get from them: clean air and water, carbon sequestration, habitat for native fish and wildlife, forest products, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and more. When we restore our Nation’s forests, we create jobs in rural communities and benefit the environment at the same time.

Climate change, catastrophic wildfire, bark beetle infestation, invasive species, record droughts, and other stressors threaten the health of our forest and watersheds, and the people that rely on them. With our valuable state, tribal, local government, and private partners we are working hard to increase the rate of restoration in the face of these mounting challenges. We use an all-lands approach, because we know that problems do not stop at forest boundaries, and we work every day to restore the ecological integrity our forests need to be healthy now and into the future.

Explore the links to the left to see how we are restoring public lands by implementing programs, supporting communities, utilizing frameworks, and mitigating threats.

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