America's national forests and grasslands offer the single largest source of outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States. From downhill skiing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing to camping, fishing and quiet recreation, our forests have got you covered!
National Forests cover from the ice fields of Alaska to the tropical rainforest of Puerto Rico, these 193 million acres belong to Americans, and their management and care have been entrusted to the United States Forest Service (USFS) and their Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that cooperates with State and local governments, forest industries and other private landowners to manage and protect 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico.
Whether you're looking for the rigours of a wilderness trek or an easy drive along a scenic byway, you'll find it here in the national forests and green lands in the Northern Region. Follow the routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Bitterroot Mountains, catch trout at a pristine alpine lake or spend some time camping under the stars.
The Intermountain Region encompasses national Forests in Utah, Nevada, Southern Idaho, Western Wyoming, and parts of both Colorado and California. This region offers forest travellers mountains and fertile valleys, rivers and lakes, deserts, diverse wildlife, campgrounds, wilderness, adventure and an incredible opportunity to enjoy solitude. A national forest is only a couple hours drive from anywhere in the Intermountain West.
Plan an adventure in a national forest of the Southern Region and enjoy a swim in a refreshingly cool stream, or hike along the famous Appalachian Trail. Explore the exotic beauty of a tropical rainforest, or picnic along the breathtaking Talimena Scenic Drive. The scenery varies as much as the recreation- from cypress swamps and mountain meadows to pine and hardwood forests.
Enjoy the quiet beauty of a mountain by hiking through mountains on well-maintained trails. Challenge yourself on some of the world's finest ski slopes or relax by a fireplace in a friendly mountain resort. You'll find yourself wanting to return to one of the Rocky Mountain Region national forests often once you discover the refreshing change of pace awaiting you..
See the coastal redwood (the tallest tree) or the bristlecone pine (the oldest tree) as you explore the great outdoors in the Pacific Southwest Region, encompassing the US states of California and Hawaii. Camp among the pine-encircled granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains or climb a sleeping volcano at Mount Shasta.
For millions of people each year, the national forests in the Eastern Region are popular destinations for recreation all year round. Water-based recreation is especially popular in these forests, where more than 10,000 lakes and 15,000 miles of streams provide settings for canoeing, trophy fishing, and water-skiing.
If exploring a labyrinth of canyons and mesas or floating in an inner tube down the Salt River past sandstone cliffs sounds like a fun way to relax, then the national forests of the Southwestern Region are just what you're looking for. Whether you decide to visit the magnificent mountains or colourful desert, you'll find it easy to travel by foot, horseback, or road in the national forests expanding through Arizona and New Mexico.
Float the Snake River through the deepest gorge in North America or enjoy a scenic drive around snow-capped Mount Hood. Explore a rainforest of spruce and fir growing beside glacier-fed rivers. Forest explorers can look forward to a program at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. From high alpine meadows to surf-splashed coastlines, the national forests in Oregon and Washington offer unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Your national forests in Alaska are a special reason to visit America's "Last Frontier". The evergreen forests in the Alaska Region blanket rugged snow-capped mountains. Camp along historic gold rush trails or kayak the shoreline of a quiet bay.
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MANAGING THE FORESTS AND ITS PRODUCTS
The USFS supports American landscapes across 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. Entrusted by the general public, the U.S Forest Service top priority is to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of forests across America to meet current and future generation needs.
The Forest Management emphasis is to manage the lands vegetation, while restoring ecosystems, reducing as many hazards as possible and maintaining overall forest health.
Forest products are materials derived from forests for commercial use such as lumber and paper. Other products extracted from trees are medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts and other all-natural products.
REFORESTATION EFFORTS IN NATIONAL FORESTS
One Tree Planted is actively working with USFS as one of its official reforestation partners to restore and create resilient forest ecosystems on public lands from coast to coast in National Parks in the US.
All of our USFS projects have incredible and diverse impacts on the environment. Regardless of where your trees are planted, communities across the U.S., the environment, and the climatewill all benefit. One Tree Planted is proud to be recognized as an official reforestation parter with the United States Forest Service where we have committed to plant trees in all 9 regions of National Forests. Through our reforestation efforts, National Forests can continue to thrive as we support wildlife, wildfire recovery, and watershed restoration.