The Eastern Region is one of nine Forest Service administrative regions. It consists of more than 12 million acres spread across 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the East and Midwest. Over 40% of the U.S. population lives within this area.
Eastern forests were created from overdeveloped land that had been heavily eroded by farming, logging and mining activities. The Weeks Act of 1911 authorized the federal government to purchase these lands from willing private sellers. Since then, the forests have been professionally managed for multiple uses.
Today, people value the National Forests for providing clean air and water; wildlife habitat; recreation opportunities; forest products; and other goods and services..