Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.
Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service— "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."
National forests and grasslands encompass 193 million acres of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas.
- U.S. Forest Service Homepage
- Read the overview, "Meet the Forest Service."
- Read the USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2004-08.
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