Working Together

Managing a national forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but many partners and volunteers who contribute to the successful management of forest resources and provide services to forest visitors.

What can our Partners and Volunteers do?

  • Assist with the maintenance of recreation sites and trails
  • Serve as campground hosts
  • Help restore watersheds
  • Monitor wildlife populations
  • Improve wildlife and fisheries habitat
  • Inventory and monitor archeological and historic sites
  • Provide input to proposed management activities
  • Conduct conservation education programs
  • Respond to emergency incidents


Student using a weed-eater to cut grass around a picnic tableVolunteering for the Forest Service is an excellent opportunity to harness your passion for the outdoors or explore your interest in a career working for the environment.
As a volunteer, you may work part-time or full-time, on one-time projects or throughout a season. Your time commitment is up to you.


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Partnerships are at the core of how we do business.  We work with partners on almost every aspect of land management.


Are you a business person who would like to provide your products or services to the Forest Service? Forest Service contractors support a wide range of activities including housekeeping, fire and aviation support, construction, transportation, equipment leasing, special studies and analyses, information technology, management and administrative support. Learn more at the Forest Service business page.

Advisory Committees

Citizens like you make up Virginia's Resource Advisory Committee. Learn more about the committee’s roll in recommending projects to the Forest Service as part of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act.