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"America's National Forests" (2005)
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country
Visit Your Pacific Northwest National Forest
Visit Your Pacific Northwest National Forest
Published: 2012/06/14
Channel: Forest Service
America
America's Largest National Forest
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Free Camping in the US National Forests. The What, Why & Where to dispersed roadside camping
Free Camping in the US National Forests. The What, Why & Where to dispersed roadside camping
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: Tommy Sierra
California Trip-Dispersed Camping in a National Forest-Giant Sequoia!
California Trip-Dispersed Camping in a National Forest-Giant Sequoia!
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: Joe Robinet
US Forestry History: "Roots of the Nation" 1975 US Forest Service - USDA
US Forestry History: "Roots of the Nation" 1975 US Forest Service - USDA
Published: 2017/01/08
Channel: Jeff Quitney
Free Camping and Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Free Camping and Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: We're the Russos
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: natlforests
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: VISIT FLORIDA
Dispersed Primitive Camping in a US National Forest
Dispersed Primitive Camping in a US National Forest
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: KennethKramm
Entering the Forest Service
Entering the Forest Service
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: Forest Service
Michigan
Michigan's Huron Manistee-National Forest
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Sight&Sound
Accessible Adventures: McKenzie Pass National Scenic Byway on the Willamette National Forest
Accessible Adventures: McKenzie Pass National Scenic Byway on the Willamette National Forest
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: Forest Service
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: learslens
RV Camping For Free In The National Forest
RV Camping For Free In The National Forest
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: RV Four Seasons
Colorado Outdoors - Pike National Forest
Colorado Outdoors - Pike National Forest
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: DC8TV
Recreational Shooting: Shooting Safe on your Forest
Recreational Shooting: Shooting Safe on your Forest
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: Forest Service
Cherokee National Forest, National forest in Tennessee, United States - The Best National Forest
Cherokee National Forest, National forest in Tennessee, United States - The Best National Forest
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: USA Tourist Attractions
Angeles National Forest
Angeles National Forest
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: Woopnik
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
Published: 2013/06/26
Channel: Mark Allen Channel
National Forest Camping
National Forest Camping
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: DayUntoDay
Driving through Lassen National Forest
Driving through Lassen National Forest
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: Sheety33
Our National Forests Depend On Us
Our National Forests Depend On Us
Published: 2012/05/24
Channel: Arbor Day Foundation*
Run in with DF Development on National Forest Service rd 409
Run in with DF Development on National Forest Service rd 409
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: j s
Visiting Huron-Manistee National Forests, National forest in Michigan, United States
Visiting Huron-Manistee National Forests, National forest in Michigan, United States
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: USA Tourist Attractions
Hoosier National Forest - Indiana
Hoosier National Forest - Indiana's National Treasure
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Forest Service
Wildlife Biologist in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Wildlife Biologist in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Forest Service
A Trip Through White River National Forest.
A Trip Through White River National Forest.
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: nebulous matter
Deschutes National Forest Wilderness areas: Yours to enjoy, Yours to protect
Deschutes National Forest Wilderness areas: Yours to enjoy, Yours to protect
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: Forest Service
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Forest Service
Wesley Hall - US Forest Service - Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff AZ
Wesley Hall - US Forest Service - Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff AZ
Published: 2011/07/16
Channel: cathymardell
Shades of Green: Welcome to the Tongass National Forest
Shades of Green: Welcome to the Tongass National Forest
Published: 2010/09/02
Channel: Forest Service
Republicans Selling Off US National Forests?
Republicans Selling Off US National Forests?
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: TheLipTV
Visiting San Juan National Forest, National Forest in Colorado, United States
Visiting San Juan National Forest, National Forest in Colorado, United States
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: USA Tourist Attractions
Lake Michigan National Forest Campground
Lake Michigan National Forest Campground
Published: 2012/04/23
Channel: Jim Will
Replanting Our National Forests 2014
Replanting Our National Forests 2014
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: Arbor Day Foundation*
USFS(Angeles National Forest, CA)
USFS(Angeles National Forest, CA)
Published: 2009/08/09
Channel: drew24socal
Wilderness Areas on the Dixie National Forest in Utah
Wilderness Areas on the Dixie National Forest in Utah
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: Forest Service
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Uncle Jesse the Jeep
Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest , Utah, United States, North America
Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest , Utah, United States, North America
Published: 2013/05/25
Channel: Pietro Pecco
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Overview
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Overview
Published: 2012/10/25
Channel: Forest Service
National Forest Gold
National Forest Gold
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: djpitr
Silviculturist in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Silviculturist in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Forest Service
PARKS | Gila National Forest | New Mexico PBS
PARKS | Gila National Forest | New Mexico PBS
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: knmedotorg
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Philip Dean
Dispersed Camping North of Sedona - Coconino National Forest
Dispersed Camping North of Sedona - Coconino National Forest
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Uncle Jesse the Jeep
Replanting Our National Forests
Replanting Our National Forests
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Arbor Day Foundation*
Wayne National Forest - Marietta OH
Wayne National Forest - Marietta OH
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: Outdoor Adventures
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Anthony Rosas
HWY 5 to 101 through Mendocino National Forest
HWY 5 to 101 through Mendocino National Forest
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: California Overland
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Tionesta Research Natural Area in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania.

National Forest is a classification of protected and managed federal lands in the United States.

National Forests are largely forest and woodland areas owned collectively by the American people through the federal government, and managed by the United States Forest Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

History[edit]

The National Forest System was created by the Land Revision Act of 1891, which was signed under the presidency of Benjamin Harrison. It was the result of concerted action by Los Angeles-area businessmen and property owners who were concerned by the harm being done to the watershed of the San Gabriel Mountains by ranchers and miners. Abbot Kinney and forester Theodore Lukens were key spokesmen for the effort.

Geography[edit]

In the United States there are 155 National Forests containing almost 190 million acres (297,000 mi²/769 000 km²) of land. These lands comprise 8.5 percent of the total land area of the United States, an area about the size of Texas. Some 87 percent of National Forest land lies west of the Mississippi River in the mountain ranges of the Western United States. Alaska has 12 percent of all National Forest lands.

The U.S. Forest Service also manages all of the United States National Grasslands, and around half of the United States National Recreation Areas.

There are two distinctly different types of forests within the National Forest system.

  • Those east of the Great Plains in the Midwestern and Eastern United States were primarily acquired by the federal government since 1891, and may be second growth forests. The land had long been in the private domain and sometimes repeatedly logged since colonial times, but was purchased by the United States government in order to create new National Forests.
  • Those west of the Great Plains in the Western United States, though established since 1891, are primarily on lands with ownership maintained by the federal government since the U.S. acquisition and settling of the American West. These are mostly lands that were kept in the public domain, with the exception of inholdings and donated or exchanged private forest lands.

Management[edit]

Land management of these areas focuses on conservation, timber harvesting, livestock grazing, watershed protection, wildlife, and recreation. Unlike national parks and other federal lands managed by the National Park Service, extraction of natural resources from national forests is permitted, and in many cases encouraged. National Forests are categorized by the U.S. as IUCN Category VI protected areas (Managed Resource Protected Area). However, the first-designated wilderness areas, and some of the largest, are on National Forest lands.

There are management decision conflicts between conservationists and environmentalists, and natural resource extraction companies and lobbies (e.g. logging & mining), over the protection and/or use of National Forest lands. These conflicts center on endangered species protection, logging of old-growth forests, intensive clear cut logging, undervalued stumpage fees, mining operations and mining claim laws, and logging/mining access road-building within National Forests. Additional conflicts arise from concerns that the grasslands, shrublands, and forest understory are grazed by sheep, cattle, and, more recently, rising numbers of elk and mule deer due to loss of predators.

Many ski resorts and summer resorts operate on leased land in National Forests.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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