National Forests

Established in 1905, today the Forest Service manages 175 national forests and grasslands spread across 193 million acres.

These lands sustain diverse ecosystems and support an incredible array of iconic animals such as grizzly bear, wolf, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, and wolverine.  National forests are managed differently from National Wildlife Refuges, and a much broader array of activities are permitted on these lands, including industry (timber, oil and gas, mining), grazing livestock and recreation, in addition to protecting wildlife.

The thousands of species on our national forests are under constant threat from climate change on the ground as well as from schemes in Congress to cut funding for forest management and to undo laws designed to ensure science-based, balanced management of wildlife and the various activities allowed on these lands.

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