The Daniel Boone National Forest has a long history of working with partners to accomplish important recreation, wildlife, fire, range and fisheries work on the Forest. Partners over the years have include sister federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and other organizations such as sportsman groups, conservation organizations, universities and private individuals.

Partnerships increase the Daniel Boone National Forest's stewardship capacity by connecting people within communities and meeting mutual natural resource goals. Today, collaboration has become essential to fulfilling the Forest Service mission of "Caring for the land and serving people". Communities, private landowners, corporations, non-profit organizations and citizens are critical components. They help develop long-range management plans, carry out conservation and stewardship projects and provide natural resource goods and services.

Partnerships result in benefits to communities and the Forest Service. Recent agency initiatives such as the National Fire Plan and the Healthy Forest Initiative are excellent examples of partnerships in action.