The importance of working together to manage all the natural resources grows every year. Partnerships and volunteers increase the Mendocino National Forest’s stewardship capacity by connecting people within communities and meeting natural resource goals.
Today, collaboration has become essential to fulfilling the Forest Service mission of "Caring for the land and serving people". Communities, landowners, corporations, non-profit organizations, and citizens are critical components. They help develop long-range management plans and implement conservation and stewardship projects.
Working with other federal, state, and local agencies, user groups, and organizations that want to be involved in public land management is critical to provide the setting and products available on the Forest.
The State and Private Forestry Regional staff also assists states, tribes, communities, resource managers and non-industrial private landowners by providing technical and financial assistance to help sustain forests and protect communities from wildland fires. In the Pacific Southwest Region, State and Private Forestry assists landowners in the States of California and Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Islands of American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
State and Private Forestry is the federal leader in providing technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the nation's forests and protect communities and the environment from wildland fires.
State and Private Forestry programs bring forest management assistance and expertise to a diversity of landowners, including small woodlot, tribal, state, and federal, through cost-effective, nonregulatory partnerships.
Over the years more than a million dollars has been contributed to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. Through these donations, more than 27 million of seedlings have been planted, renewing 88,000 acres of national forest land in California - truly an outstanding achievement.