National Forest System


About Us

To protect and manage the 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept, using an ecological approach, to meet the diverse needs of people.

What We Do

The 193 million acres of public land that are managed as national forests and grasslands are collectively known as the National Forest System. These lands are located in 44 States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands and comprise about 9 percent of the total land area in the United States. The natural resources on these lands are some of the Nation’s greatest assets and have major economic, environmental, and social significance for all Americans. The stewardship of the National Forest System is carried out through nine regions: