The 20 Northeast and Midwest States and the District of Columbia are home to 41 percent of the Nation’s population and contain 23 percent of the Nation’s forests, some 172 million acres. Here, the majority of the forest land—74 percent—is owned by private citizens and corporations. The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (NA S&PF), a unit of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, encourages and supports sustainable management of the region’s non- Federal forest land. Programs offer educational, technical, and financial assistance that influence the management of millions of acres in rural forests and communities. Because millions of landowners, individually and collectively, affect overall forest health and sustainability, a collaborative approach is needed that reaches across landscapes. The NA S&PF addresses local, State, regional, and national issues in concert with States, national forests, individual landowners, and others.