Land & Resource Management

Region 5 Nature's Benefits Infographics

Recreation

Recreation opportunities help people connect to nature and strengthen their bonds with each other.

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Water

Approximately 50% of California's total water supply, or about 34 million acre/feet annually, comes from National Forest lands.

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Meadows

Meadows in the Sierra Nevada retain and release water and are critically important for the hydrology of California.

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Local Economies

$2.6 BILLION National Forests' annual local wage & income contribution—a critical component of the State's rural economy.

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Timber & Wood Products

Harvested from California's National Forests Support forest health, jobs, and provide products for every day use.

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Carbon

The National Forests of California are important parts of the climate cycle, acting as carbon storage and sequestration units.

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Illegal Marijuana

California's National Forests, with their temperate climates (68-77 degrees Fahrenheit), are often a preferred location for marijuana cultivation, which is illegal under federal law and on National Forests.

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Personal Health, National Forests, and Green Space

Research suggests that being close to a natural environment is healthy and that living in a green environment provides a positive impact on stress.

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Tribes

California's National Forests connect tribal people to place, culture, and collective memories.

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