Partnerships in land stewardship reflect a growing and important trend: the joining of passion and resources by committed citizens, organizations, and government agencies to achieve social, economic, and ecological goals.

The Forest Service has worked with partners throughout its over 100-year history. But the problems of land management have grown more complex, and the needs of the public more varied. The American people today are voicing their strong desire to volunteer and participate in the stewardship of natural resources and in the decisions that affect their communities.

The Forest Service is responding by empowering employees and partners to create and sustain successful partnerships. Internally, the Forest Service is aligning its structure and policies to help partnerships run more smoothly.