From Texas to Virginia to Puerto Rico, 13.5 million acres of public lands across 13 Southeastern state, constitute the Southern Region, offering mountain scenery, wetlands, rainforests, grasslands, lakes and coastal beaches.
Some 50 million people in Region 8 live within 30 minutes of national forest boundaries and enjoy activities in the Region’s 34 national forests. More than 6.6 million people visit the national forests in the Southern Appalachians each year.
The Southern Region is home to the largest and most productive prescribed burning program in the country, treating more than a million acres in 2005. The Caribbean National forest in Puerto Rico is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. It is also the most diverse, with 225 native tree species.
Rare Plant Conservation Success Stories
- Kentucky Lady’s slipper Orchid Restoration Project Uses Local Know How on Kisatchie National Forest Lands
- Update! Restoration of a Rare Lady’s Slipper Orchid on the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana
- Restoration of Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens - Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
- Visit “Beauty of It All” for a closer look at the beautiful wildflowers of our national forests and grasslands …