The Southern Region

Photo of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. Rocky mountaintops with green trees below, and partially cloudy skies overhead.

The Southern Region of the Forest Service is a dynamic collection of lands that encompasses 13 states and Puerto Rico. Known as Region 8 within the Forest Service, the Southern Region consists of 14 National Forest units and two special units. The Forest Service employs about 250 people at the Region 8 headquarters in Atlanta, and nearly 2,500 throughout the South.

Find Your Forest

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Explore the Southern Region

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Pandapas Pond Project: GAOA in Action!

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The Pandapas Pond Project on the George Washington Jefferson is one of the first Great American Outdoors Act projects to be completed in Region 8. Read more about this exciting project!

Longleaf Pine’s Importance to H2O

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Did you know that forested watersheds provide nearly two-thirds of the freshwater in the United States? Healthy, well-managed forests provide the cleanest water of any land use and help keep drinking water safe, reliable, and affordable. Learn more about how Longleaf pines play a part in providing that water to everyone!