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Shared Stewardship and Partnerships

This video explains the concept of shared stewardship and how the Forest Service is working in rural communities across the country.


About Partnerships

The Forest Service works to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Our partners are vital to accomplishing our mission and increase our productivity through collaboration on shared goals. Partners of the Forest Service include nonprofit and for-profit entities; rural, urban, and tribal communities; universities and minority-serving institutions; land management agencies; and more. The agency strives to engage underserved communities and recognizes the valuable contributions partners bring including traditional ecological knowledge; creativity and innovation for effective public outreach and education; experience in managing work projects; and subject-matter expertise.

Partnering with the Forest Service

Funding Opportunities 

Learn about three major pathways for receiving federal funding.

Preparing to Partner

Some partnerships have formal arrangements that involve legal documents or administrative tasks.


Find a Partnership Contact

Discover contacts within the Forest Service and our congressionally chartered nonprofit partners.

Read About our Partnerships

Learn more about successful Forest Service partnerships and get inspired to work with us!

Interested in learning more? Contact us for more information.