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Lands and Realty Management

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Gentry Campgrounds fire lookout tower, in central Arizona, on Sept. 26, 2019. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Our Mission

The Lands, Minerals and Geology staff provides guidance, oversight and direct service on lands, realty, minerals, and geology management, including national training to Forest Service employees. We ensure the protection and stewardship of the National Forest System by adhering to law, regulation and policy, and we facilitate that stewardship through a wide array of internal and external stakeholders. 

What We Do

Landownership Adjustment

Special Use Authorizations and Administration

Boundary and Title Management

Land Valuation

Geologic Resources, Hazards & Services

Leasable and Energy Minerals

Locatable & Salable Minerals and Abandoned Mine Lands

National Forest System Mapping and Data

Contact Us

For more information on our programs and activities, please contact:

USDA Forest Service
Minerals and Geology Staff
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop 1124
Washington, DC 20250-1124
(202) 205-1248 Fax: (202) 205-1604

Lands, Minerals & Geology
Acting Director, Jody Holzworth
Deputy Director, James Demaagd

Lands Special Uses
Elrand Denson
Assistant Director

Landownership Adjustment
Kay Wiand
Assistant Director

Geologic Resources, Hazards & Services
Michael Fracasso, PhD
Assistant Director

Leasable and Energy Minerals
Sherri Thompson
Assistant Director

Salable and Locatable Minerals and Abandoned Mine Lands
Elizabeth Dawson
Assistant Director

For details about a specific location or area of interest, please contact your local Forest Service Office.