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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
Top 10 Largest Forest In The United States
Top 10 Largest Forest In The United States
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: World Top Best
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
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: natlforests
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
Free RV Camping Options - Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Free RV Camping Options - Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: We're the Russos
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
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
Published: 2013/06/26
Channel: Mark Allen Channel
The Seth Rogen National Forest & More Questionable National Monuments  - CONAN on TBS
The Seth Rogen National Forest & More Questionable National Monuments - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Team Coco
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: learslens
10 TRUE Scary Stories From National Forests!
10 TRUE Scary Stories From National Forests!
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: Swamp Dweller
Wild Monkeys of the Ocala National Forest
Wild Monkeys of the Ocala National Forest
Published: 2016/11/27
Channel: Florida Bullfrog
National Forest Gold
National Forest Gold
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: djpitr
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
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Philip Dean
Padlocking our national forests?
Padlocking our national forests?
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: Pacific Legal Foundation
Umatilla National Forest Veteran Crew Promotion
Umatilla National Forest Veteran Crew Promotion
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: Forest Service
Routt National Forest
Routt National Forest
Published: 2010/08/07
Channel: ffroszak
Camping in Ocala National Forest March 2016
Camping in Ocala National Forest March 2016
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: John Sherwood
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
Visiting Chugach National Forest, National Forest in Moose Pass, Alaska, United States
Visiting Chugach National Forest, National Forest in Moose Pass, Alaska, United States
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: USA Tourist Attractions
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: VISIT FLORIDA
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
amazing forest - Coconino National Forest, United States
amazing forest - Coconino National Forest, United States
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: @INFO99
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
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Uncle Jesse the Jeep
Lost Lake National Forest Camping Colorado
Lost Lake National Forest Camping Colorado
Published: 2015/07/25
Channel: Jim Thomas
Manistee National Forest , USFS Rd 8160
Manistee National Forest , USFS Rd 8160
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: Mitchell Whitcomb
Washington State National Forest road NF9021
Washington State National Forest road NF9021
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: Jim Bonney
2017 Eclipse • Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
2017 Eclipse • Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: Michael Kauffmann
Tree cut from Kootenai National Forest for U.S. Capitol
Tree cut from Kootenai National Forest for U.S. Capitol
Published: 2017/11/15
Channel: KXLY
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Forest Service
U S  Forest Service - Angeles National Forest (CA) Engine 112 & 17
U S Forest Service - Angeles National Forest (CA) Engine 112 & 17
Published: 2015/03/16
Channel: drew24socal
Hall Valley, PIke National Forest, Grant Colorado
Hall Valley, PIke National Forest, Grant Colorado
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: trailsoffroad.com
The Shoshone River/Shoshone National Forest/Cody Wyoming/4k ultra hd sony fdr ax 33
The Shoshone River/Shoshone National Forest/Cody Wyoming/4k ultra hd sony fdr ax 33
Published: 2015/08/05
Channel: grunzy
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
The North Carolina Mountains - Pisgah National Forest HD 720P
The North Carolina Mountains - Pisgah National Forest HD 720P
Published: 2011/12/05
Channel: thomasjryan9
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
Habitat Management Strategies for Alaska
Habitat Management Strategies for Alaska's Tongass National Forest
Published: 2013/02/22
Channel: Steven Rinella - MeatEater
Bears in the Ocala National Forest
Bears in the Ocala National Forest
Published: 2017/11/22
Channel: Casey Jones Live Stream 2
HWY 5 to 101 through Mendocino National Forest
HWY 5 to 101 through Mendocino National Forest
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: California Overland
Hey Virginia: George Washington National Forest
Hey Virginia: George Washington National Forest
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: WVPT Public Media
Wayne National Forest - Marietta OH
Wayne National Forest - Marietta OH
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: Outdoor Adventures
National Forest Camping
National Forest Camping
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: DayUntoDay
Manistee National Forest Part 1
Manistee National Forest Part 1
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Michigan Overland
Colorado Outdoors - Pike National Forest
Colorado Outdoors - Pike National Forest
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: DC8TV
National Forest & Grasslands Explorer - How to Use the App
National Forest & Grasslands Explorer - How to Use the App
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: OnCell
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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]

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