Land and resources management refers to the management of the land and resources such as water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. Land and resources management is congruent with the concept of sustainable development, a scientific principle that forms a basis for sustainable global land management and environmental governance to conserve and preserve natural resources.
Land and resources management specifically focuses on a scientific and technical understanding of resources and the life-supporting capacity of those resources.
The rapid expansion of motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands is impacting the natural and cultural resources of federal lands. The Chief of the Forest Service has identified unmanaged recreation - especially impacts from motor vehicles - as one of the key threats facing the nation's forests today.
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) impacts have created unplanned roads and trails, erosion, watershed and habitat degradation, and impacted cultural resource sites. Improved management of motor vehicle use on national forests will allow the Agency to enhance opportunities for public enjoyment of the national forests, including motorized and non-motorized recreation experiences.