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The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.

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Emphasis Areas

The Forest Service has always risen to the great conservation challenges of our time and with this in mind Abigail Kimbell, Chief of the Forest Service, has identified three themes in particular that have stood out: climate change; water issues; and the loss of a connection to nature, especially for kids. The emphasis areas are discussed in more detail on the Emphasis Area page.

For a better understanding of what the Forest Service is doing to address these three emphasis areas, climate change, water and kids in the woods, please click on the links below.

Climate Change
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A small baby squeezing the nose of Smokey Bear.


US Forest Service: An Overview

This report was developed to orient the new Administration to the U.S. Forest Service, who we are, what we do, and what we might be in the future. As the primary forestry agency of the United States, the Forest Service leads our Nation in natural resource management.

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Forests and Climate Change - a Strategic Framework

Trees, Forests and Forest Ecosystems play a major role for our citizens and the world. The Forest Service is making steady progress addressing climate change by focusing on the unique needs and contributions of the Nation's forests. We invite you to read the recently completed "Forest Service Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change" (PDF). This document provides a road map to guide our actions for addressing climate change as we care for natural lands. Seven goals are outlined that will help the Forest Service to sustain the nation's forest and grasslands for present and future generations in this era of climate change. To achieve these goals, the Forest Service is working with a broad range of agencies, scientists, stakeholders, tribes, international interests and the public at-large to make good use of diverse expertise and ideas. Future activities, including any formal policy direction, may result as this work continues.

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Winter Trails Day 2009

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When Americans decide to head outdoors, it's frequently to their own backyard or nearby playground or park. You can also get fit and maintain good health by enjoying America's public lands and waters. The U.S. Forest Service has thousands of miles of walks, trails, rivers and open spaces that are minutes away and available year-round at little or no cost. It's not hard - and you can get there one step, pedal or paddle at a time, so Get fit with US!! During the winter months there's no need to stay inside - you can be active by snow-shoeing, skiing or snowboarding. The 14th Annual Winter Trails Day is on January 10, 2009 (in most locations) - it’s a great opportunity to try snow sports for the first time and to discover the fitness and social benefits of winter activities. To find an event near you please visit www.wintertrails.org

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Avalanche Awareness

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Did you know that most avalanche accidents are triggered, either by the victim or someone in the victim’s party? Because personal decisions determine whether an individual will be caught in an avalanche or not, learning good avalanche awareness skills can actually eliminate most avalanche accidents! To learn more about avalanche awareness please visit the National Avalanche Center website at www.fsavalanche.org.

Climate Change Video

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing all of us. Since conservation of our nation's forests and grasslands is a primary mission of the U.S. Forest Service, we are working in many positive ways to respond to this challenge. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch our new video, The Forest Service and Climate Change, and see for yourself how the rise in global temperatures is affecting our planet and the unique role trees play in helping to slow the impact of climate change.

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Forest Service's FY 2008 Agency Financial Report

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The Forest Service Agency Financial Report - Fiscal Year 2008 is now available. As required by law, this document integrates the Forest Service's annual consolidated financial statements with Management's Discussion and Analysis and other required information.

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Climate Change R&D Map

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Discover what the Forest Service's Research and Development program is doing about climate change in your region of the country. Map »

Website Information

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As you leave our site, a pop-up window may ask you to complete a survey that will help us improve the Forest Service website. The survey gathers no personal information about you. We hope you will take time to respond!

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Ecosystem Services

Healthy forest ecosystems are ecological life-support systems. Forests provide a full suite of goods and services that are vital to human health and livelihood – natural assets we call ecosystem services. more »

Plant of the Week

Appalachian Jacob's ladder.
Appalachian Jacob's ladder (Polemonium vanbruntiae)

Pollinator of the Month

Pleistodontes imperialis.
Fig Wasps

Healthy Forests Initiative

For more information on the Healthy Forests Initiative visit forestsandrangelands.gov

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