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U.S. Forest Service

The largest agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service is home to 30,000 employees caring for 193 million acres of land, including 156 national forests and 20 national grasslands. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands and to meet the needs of present and future generations. The goals of the Forest Service are characterized by the slogan: Caring for the Land and Serving People.

Currently, the Forest Service has six critical focus areas, including forest health, recreation management, collaborative partnerships, ecosystem services, citizen education, and water quality – 124 million Americans rely on national forests and grasslands as their primary source of clean drinking water. Home to the largest forestry research program in the world, the Forest Service provides long-term research, scientific knowledge, and tools that are used to manage forests and rangelands across the U.S. and overseas. The Forest Service also assists private landowners, state forestry organizations, tribes, and other countries with forest management, protection and utilization. The Forest Service manages two-thirds of all firefighting resources in America and is instrumental in fighting catastrophic wildfires.

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Last Reviewed 2016-08-19