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"America's National Forests" (2005)
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country
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America's Largest National Forest
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Visit Your Pacific Northwest National Forest
Visit Your Pacific Northwest National Forest
Published: 2012/06/14
Channel: Forest Service
Top 10 Largest Forest In The United States
Top 10 Largest Forest In The United States
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: World Top Best
Driving through Lassen National Forest
Driving through Lassen National Forest
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: Sheety33
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: VISIT FLORIDA
National Forest - Hoboken
National Forest - Hoboken
Published: 2016/03/12
Channel: puddlecity lowlife
Eldorado National Forest
Eldorado National Forest
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: Mark Shark
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Dixie National Forest, UT USA
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: learslens
Eldorado national forest
Eldorado national forest
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: PinoyOverland
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
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: natlforests
Visiting Hiawatha National Forest, National Forest in Michigan, United States
Visiting Hiawatha National Forest, National Forest in Michigan, United States
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: USA Tourist Attractions
Winter Camping in a Snowstorm | St. Regis National Forest
Winter Camping in a Snowstorm | St. Regis National Forest
Published: 2018/02/21
Channel: ReviewOutdoorGear
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
Published: 2013/06/26
Channel: Mark Allen Channel
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
amazing forest - Coconino National Forest, United States
amazing forest - Coconino National Forest, United States
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: @INFO99
Coconino National Forest & Sedona ARIZONA!
Coconino National Forest & Sedona ARIZONA!
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: WD Travels
Angeles National Forest
Angeles National Forest
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: Woopnik
Routt National Forest
Routt National Forest
Published: 2010/08/07
Channel: ffroszak
Hunting the Gila National Forest with United States Outfitters
Hunting the Gila National Forest with United States Outfitters
Published: 2011/06/21
Channel: USOUTFITTERS1
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
It
It's All Yours - National Forests
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: natlforests
Prescott national forest
Prescott national forest
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: ALI ALSHABBOOT
Safety in the Ocala National Forest (Florida)
Safety in the Ocala National Forest (Florida)
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: The American Backpacker
Green Mountain National Forest "It
Green Mountain National Forest "It's All Yours"
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Forest Service
Tongass National Forest Short Film
Tongass National Forest Short Film
Published: 2015/10/26
Channel: kayacastle
National Forest
National Forest
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: PEGTV Rutland
A Walk in the Tongass National Forest with Natasha Paremski HD
A Walk in the Tongass National Forest with Natasha Paremski HD
Published: 2015/10/09
Channel: Natasha Paremski
Conservation groups to file suit against Flathead National Forest
Conservation groups to file suit against Flathead National Forest
Published: 2017/11/28
Channel: KPAX-TV
United States National Forest
United States National Forest
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Audiopedia
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
deschutes national forest
deschutes national forest
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Shaun Krisher
MCLs on Eastern National Forests
MCLs on Eastern National Forests
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: ncptt
Medicine Bow National Forest
Medicine Bow National Forest
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: BrushCreekRanchWY
Ocala National Forest Springs - FL
Ocala National Forest Springs - FL
Published: 2017/10/29
Channel: Prasith Tharuka
Back roads in Dupont National Forest
Back roads in Dupont National Forest
Published: 2018/02/19
Channel: Terri Ringo
Hole in the Wall Lake, Wall Lake Trail #803, Flathead National Forest, Montana
Hole in the Wall Lake, Wall Lake Trail #803, Flathead National Forest, Montana
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: survivalblue
Alabama Bigfoot in Talladega National Forest
Alabama Bigfoot in Talladega National Forest
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: Jonathan Odom
Araphoe National forest pt 2
Araphoe National forest pt 2
Published: 2017/11/19
Channel: The Crypto Zoo
LA National Forest
LA National Forest
Published: 2014/09/06
Channel: Sunrise Records
The Narrows, Buffalo River National Forest
The Narrows, Buffalo River National Forest
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: The Pack Films
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Dispersed Campsite Mt. Baker National Forest
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Uncle Jesse the Jeep
Dead bodies in national forests.
Dead bodies in national forests.
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: JawJarMarshall
Ocala national forest
Ocala national forest
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: Ric Aldrich
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
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
Packwood, Randle, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest Time Lapse Drive
Packwood, Randle, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest Time Lapse Drive
Published: 2011/09/09
Channel: takemytripdotcom
Olympia National Forest
Olympia National Forest
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: John Power
842nd Engineers Build a Road for the National Forest Service
842nd Engineers Build a Road for the National Forest Service
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: 129th MPAD
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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.

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