The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. All Forest Service activities, conducted through the National Forest System, Forest Service Research and Development, and State and Private Forestry, are intended to help sustain forests and grasslands now and into the future. The Forest Service manages over 193 million acres (78 million hectares) of National Forests and Grasslands for sustainable multiple uses to meet the diverse needs of people, ensure the health of our natural resources, provide recreational opportunities, manage wildfire, guard against invasive threats, and work with State and private forest landowners, cities and communities, and international cooperators.
Brashaw, B.; Bergman, R. 2021. Chapter 1: Wood as a renewable and sustainable resource. In: Wood handbook—wood as an engineering material. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-282. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 17 pp.