Sustain Forests and Grasslands

This month reflects on the Forest Service’s core mission, motto, and founding principles that make up our unique identity. With the beginning of a new year, January provides the perfect opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to the communities that we serve every day and simply get back to basics.

Key Messages

  • The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, exercises wise stewardship of our forests and grasslands on behalf of Americans
  • We manage a system of 154 national forests, 20 national grasslands and one tallgrass prairie for the public good
  • We help communities; State, local and tribal governments; forest industries; private forest landowners; and other nations improve conditions in both urban and rural areas
  • We operate a network of research units, laboratories and experimental forests and rangelands to conduct leading-edge research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, biological and physical sciences, socioeconomics and more

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Center for Heirs Property Conservation

Protecting Heirs and Stabilizing Communities

Partnership between SRS & Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Creating Oak Woodlands

Promising Management Strategy for Improving Forest Health

Tree ring analysis involves examining a small tree core that is extracted from the trunk. Each core is a record of how the tree has responded to its environment. Photo by Beentree, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Scientist taking a tree ring measurement

Shortleaf Pine: What’s in the Genes?

Fundamental Knowledge for Land Managers and Researchers

Shortleaf pine often grows in open, savanna-like stands that sustain incredibly diverse plant and animal communities. Photo by Christopher Tracey, courtesy of Flickr.

Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

Acres treated and methods used shown on story map

Mark Tanner (left) and Jeff Myers (right), sawyers with the Forest Service, cut infested trees as part of a cut-and-leave operation on the Bienville Ranger District. Forest Service photo by Mario Rossilli. One of the most destructive forests pests.
Two scientists working in the forest

Historic photo showing people plowing a field

Developing a Network of the South’s Experimental Forests

New project on road drainage structures to link multiple resources

Many of the sites of present-day experimental forests started out as demonstrations on how to reforest a South where land lay in waste from overuse. Photo by Ewing Galloway, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.