Build on “caring for the land and serving people”

This month reflects on the Forest Service motto, educates on our origin story and founding leaders, and digs deep into the Forest Service’s rich 113 year history. In April, we can take time to reflect on our past in order to better understand our present and the future of our agency.

Key Messages

  • Forests and grasslands that are resilient and adaptive are able to withstand and recover from severe stresses such as droughts, floods, wildfires, insects, disease and invasive species invasions
  • Our restoration actions ensure forests and grasslands provide Americans benefits such as clean water and air, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities
  • Our restoration actions foster resilient, adaptive forests and grasslands that continue to be healthy and productive for future generations
  • We work across landscapes, use best available science, and collaborate with partners to maintain, enhance and restore public and private forests and grasslands

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Bottomland Hardwood Restoration – What Happens Belowground?

Nuttall oaks were established by either direct-seeding with acorns or planting bare-root seedlings from nursery stock. Photo by Emile Gardiner, USFS.

Thinning and Burning: The Best Defense Against Southern Pine Beetle

Forest damage caused by Southern Pine Beetle. Inset Southern Forest Pine Beetle and view of infected tree.

National Fish & Aquatic Strategy

New aquatic strategy provides framework for watershed management

Prioritizing Ecological Restoration

A map shows the density of candidate ecological restoration candidate sites by watershed. Most are in the East and the Great Plains. Image courtesy of Ecological Restoration.


Urban Forest Strike Teams Support Storm Recovery

Urban Forest Strike Team Members assess and record tree damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Photo courtesy of the Southern Group State Forests.