Resource Management

The Forest Service manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife. Forest Service scientists study fish, wildlife and their habitats in order to inform land management and address existing and emerging threats, such as climate change and habitat fragmentation.

Fire Management 

We use prescribed burns to restore forest health and return diverse habitats to the forest. Prescribed burns improve wildlife habitat, restore fire-dependent species, and return a mosaic of structure, composition, and age to the forests. 

Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology  

We aim to protect, restore, and enhance aquatic ecosystems. Through inventory and monitoring we quantify current conditions and detect changes in conditions in the chemical, physical, and biological components of the aquatic ecosystem.  We then work to restore degraded aquatic ecosystems and recover threatened, endangered or sensitive aquatic species. By increasing system productivity, we improve user opportunities.


We work to protect and restore wildlife habitat.  Many different plants and animals benefit from habitat restoration.

Cow Knob Salamander 

Your National Forest Stamp Dollars at Work!

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Project: Your National Forest Stamp Dollars at WorkThe state of Virginia’s National Forest Stamp is an annual permit purchased by individuals that want to hunt or fish on the George Washington or Jefferson National Forests in Virginia.  The stamp is authorized and administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.   The funds derived from the sale of the special permits are used on the national forest to restore habitat and enhance hunting and fishing opportunities.  Projects are a cooperative effort between the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, the National Forest Service, and partners such as The Wild Turkey Federation, and Trout Unlimited. 


American Eels in the Mountain Streams of Virginia

In early spring, somewhere deep in the Atlantic Ocean, an amazing fish begins a journey that may bring it to a river or stream near you within a few short years.

Protecting Rare Species on the Clinch Ranger District

Photo: Big Sandy Crayfish

The threatened species Big Sandy Crayfish is found in the upper Big Sandy River watershed, which includes a portion of the Clinch Ranger District.

Timber Sales


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Cross Mountain IRTC Stewardship Reoffer

Proposals are due by 9/21/2021 at 11:00 AM in Harrisonburg, VA.

Warren Road Reoffer Timber Sale

Bid opening 9/21/2021 at 9:00 AM in Blacksburg, VA.

Yancey Timber Sale

Bid opening at 9:00AM on 9/28/2021 in Blacksburg, VA.

Wheelers Run Timber Sale

Bid opening at 2:00 PM on 9/28/2021 in Natural Bridge Station, VA.