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 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.

Logo for Penny Pines programPenny Pines Reforestation Program

The Penny Pines Reforestation Program plays a vital role both in renewing the national forests in California, and in multiple-use management. Trees help the ground store precious water, protect against soil erosion, and add to the scenic beauty of the national forests. Penny Pines donations have helped maintain the National Forests in California. Participation in the program has also helped many people understand important things about the conservation of natural resources and wise management of the public forestlands that belong to them.

Cornerstone Project - Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG)

The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) is a community-based collaborative organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies. The Cornerstone Project’s landscape strategy is to implement a collaborative approach for restoration plan development, land treatment project design and implementation, and multi-party monitoring to inform adaptive management, with a focus on sustainability in three dimensions: environment, community, and economy. 

South Fork American River (SOFAR) All Lands Cohesive Strategy

In August 2014, the Eldorado National Forest was one of two forests in California selected to begin implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, an all-lands approach to wildland fire management on a landscape scale. 

Rock Creek Collaborative Forum

The Forum was created in July of 2000 to share information about the implementation of the Rock Creek Recreational Trails Record of Decision and to build community. It provides a venue for the Forest Service staff and people who have an interest in the Rock Creek area and trails to exchange information, so the implementation of the Rock Creek Trails decision can be more effective. 


Partnership with the Forest Service

The words "partnership" and "partners" are used in a broad way to describe relationships between the people, organizations, agencies, and communities that work together and share interests.