People and abundant open space come together in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. In no other place do private landowners control a greater share of the landscape. Globally, about 90 percent of wooded lands are publicly owned.1 By contrast, private landowners in the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern States and the District of Columbia own 130 million acres, roughly 75 percent of the region’s forest land. This region contains one of the largest concentrations of privately owned forests in the world intermingled with the highest population density in the Nation. The economic, social, and environmental benefits we enjoy from forests—clean water, recreation, and forest-related jobs and products—come largely from private land.