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Private Land

Recognizing the presence of emerging forest health threats and risk of severe wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the Forest Service, Washington and Oregon are working together through a multi-state partnership to build community capacity to respond to the shared emerging threats through training, outreach, and strategic on-the-ground treatments.

Photo credit: Chuck Hersey, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

A map of the united states that shows where forest ownership is located

Did you know that more than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners? These working forests benefit us all. Private forest lands:

  • Supply nearly 30 percent of the water we drink as well as clean air, fish and wildlife habitat, and significant recreation opportunities.  
  • Provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products, including the timber needed to build homes and fuel wood for heating them.
  • Support 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities, and
  • Contribute to our nation’s energy security, housing, and infrastructure.

These forests face many threats, including wildland fire, invasive species, pests and disease, and the permanent loss of working forest land to non-forest uses. The Forest Service helps ensure that forest landowners have the best technical, educational, and financial assistance available to achieve their unique objectives and to keep forests working for all of us. We do this through a variety of Cooperative Forestry program tools:

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