The Forest Service manages the national forests for many different uses, including recreation, timber products, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife. Our primary goal is to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests to meet the needs of current and future generations.
Silviculture is the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands. Successful vegetation management ensures that our National Forests are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change. We use many different tools to meet this goal including prescribed fire, timber harvest, and plantings.
We work to both use fire responsibly to restore forest health and prevent the devastating effects of uncontrolled wildfire. Prescribed burns help return diverse wildlife habitats to the forests, restore fire-dependent species, and return a mosaic of structure, composition, and age to the forests.
We work to protect, restore, and enhance aquatic ecosystems which provide clean water and habitat for fish and other animals.
Wilderness is a land designation defined as an area “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man; where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the potential for the introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of non-native invasive species across forest landscapes.
We can accomplish more when everyone works together
Timber Sale Program
Forest management activities, including timber harvesting serve the goal of fostering resilient, adaptive ecosystems to mitigate climate change, mitigate wildfire risk, and strengthen communities.
Timber sales help meet the nation's timber needs as well as protect and restore ecological systems. Balancing the ecological with the economical, timber sales are a part of the Forest Service's multi-use forest management plan for providing the greatest good to local communities.
Alerts & Warnings
- Hughes Creek Road in Bath County is temporarily closed
- Saint Mary’s River Trail will be intermittently closed in August and September
- Effective July 1, 2022, Virginia law permits hunting on Sunday
- Temp Closure: Rocky Run ATV trail, Second Mountain, Long Run Road