The people of the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern States live with an abundance of forests. Despite having 9 of the 10 most densely populated States in the country, the region is the nation’s most heavily forested, with 42 percent of its land area in forests. The region also has the top four most forested States percentage-wise, with Maine at 89 percent, New Hampshire at 85 percent, Vermont at 78 percent, and West Virginia at 78 percent. The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (NA S&PF) is the branch of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, that is primarily focused on the sustainability of non-Federal forest lands in the 20 States bounded by Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Maryland, including the District of Columbia. NA S&PF supports the Forest Service’s role as steward of the Nation’s forests. Assisting landowners and communities in managing their forest resources helps to ensure that the region’s private forests continue to yield public benefits.