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A picture of beautiful waterfall amongst green mossy cliffs and a bright yellow tree.Water is one of the most important natural resources flowing from forests. The Forest Service manages the largest single source of water in U.S., with about one-fifth originating from 193 million acres of land. A network of water and watershed resource specialists support stewardship efforts at all levels of the organization to promote healthy, sustainable watersheds fundamental to ecosystems and people.



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Quick Facts

Forests in the United States provide drinking water to more than 180 million people.

Sixty-six million people rely on a national forest as their water source.

At least 36 States anticipate water shortages within the next 10 years—GAO, 2003.

40 percent of the world’s population will be living in water-scarce regions by 2025— World Resource Institute, 2002.

Water Cycle

A graphic depicting the water cycle from water storage in the atmosphere, water storage in ice and snow, precipitation, snowmelt runoff to streams, water infiltrations, ground-water discharge, ground-water storage, surface runoff, springs, freshwater storage, stream flows, evaporation, water storage in oceans, evaporation, evapotranspiration, sublimation and condensation; the complete water cycle.

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