Working with Partners

About two-thirds of America’s forests are in non-federal ownership (State and private lands). U.S. Forest Service is the Federal leader in sustaining the health and productivity of the Nation’s 749 million acres of forest lands. These acres include forests and trees in urban areas, forested State, private, tribal lands, and lands managed by other Federal agencies. Through cost-effective, non-regulatory programs and partnerships, individual forest landowners, Tribes, communities, and cities are provided tools to pursue diverse forest stewardship objectives. Outreach programs to educators, government agencies, underserved communities, and private organizations promote environmental literacy, increase public awareness of the multiple benefits of forests, and help build a consistency of future land stewards.


State, Private, & Community Forests

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Learn how the Forest Service is involved with non-federal lands (State and private lands).

Advisory Committees

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The agency benefits from the expert advice and recommendations, ideas, and diverse opinions of advisory committees.

Grants & Agreements

Eagle Soaring

Instruments to stimulate or support the activities of non-federal organizations for a public purpose.


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The Forest Service seeks to engage others in cooperative conservation.

Tribal Relations

Detail of Eagle and Raven on hand-carved staffs.

Partnering with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and communities for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Stewardship Contracting

Animation showing scenes from various Stewardship Contracting projects on various National Forests.

Stewardship contracting helps achieve land management goals while meeting local and rural community needs.

Business Contracting


Learn how to work with the Forest Service as a government contractor.


Partnership Resource Center

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Partnership Resource Center provides online resources to build vibrant partnerships and effective collaboration for the nation's forests, grasslands, and other special places.!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKBfkO2oCADIwpjI/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Forest%20Service%20-%20Working%20with%20Partners&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=11&pnavid=null&navid=330000000000000&ttype=main&cid=null