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The Importance of Healthy Forests

Healthy forests are a critical part of our nation's landscape. Our forests work to keep us healthy by storing and filtering the water that we need to drink and live. Forests and forest products also provide important economic and energy benefits to individuals and communities.

Forest lands provide:

  • clean air
  • carbon sequestration
  • climate change buffering
  • wildlife habitat
  • recreation
  • aesthetic enjoyment

Privately owned forests make up a substantial share of our forest resource base, but these forests are increasingly being divided into smaller parcels and are facing increasing threats from changes in climate, population and land use.

Wildfires, bark beetle outbreaks and other invasive species can damage the ability of forests to do their important work.

NRCS and partner organizations will assist you to develop and implement sustainable forest management plans that will protect our forest lands.