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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
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
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
America
America's Largest National Forest
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Free Camping Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Free Camping Dispersed Camping in National Forests
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: We're the Russos
Dispersed Primitive Camping in a US National Forest
Dispersed Primitive Camping in a US National Forest
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: KennethKramm
US Forest Service District Ranger Jon Stansfield
US Forest Service District Ranger Jon Stansfield
Published: 2015/04/16
Channel: Forest Service
Winter Recreation in Pacific Northwest National Forests
Winter Recreation in Pacific Northwest National Forests
Published: 2013/02/20
Channel: Forest Service
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Pisgah National Forest - North Carolina
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Philip Dean
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
Entering the Forest Service
Entering the Forest Service
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: Forest Service
Hoosier National Forest - Indiana
Hoosier National Forest - Indiana's National Treasure
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Forest Service
Lost Forty / Chippewa National Forest / Minnesota / Full Hiking Trail
Lost Forty / Chippewa National Forest / Minnesota / Full Hiking Trail
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: Pine Forest
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: 2015/10/30
Channel: WORLD ZOOS
The Story of a Forest Ranger 1954 USDA-US Forest Service
The Story of a Forest Ranger 1954 USDA-US Forest Service
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: Jeff Quitney
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Florida Travel: Visit the Osceola National Forest
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: VISIT FLORIDA
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Treasured Landscapes - Our National Forests
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: natlforests
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST COLORADO
Published: 2013/06/26
Channel: Mark Allen Channel
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
BRIDGE TORN DOWN BY TORNADO! | Road Trip To America
BRIDGE TORN DOWN BY TORNADO! | Road Trip To America's Allegheny National Forest
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Rebecca Felgate
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
U.S. Forest Service - Angeles National Forest (CA)
U.S. Forest Service - Angeles National Forest (CA)
Published: 2013/12/07
Channel: drew24socal
Reform in the US National Forest Service
Reform in the US National Forest Service
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: Brett Towle
United States National Forest
United States National Forest
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Audiopedia
Michigan
Michigan's Huron Manistee-National Forest
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Sight&Sound
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Forest Service
Motorcycle Dirt Bike Trail Etiquette on the National Forest
Motorcycle Dirt Bike Trail Etiquette on the National Forest
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Forest Service
National Forest Camping
National Forest Camping
Published: 2013/05/23
Channel: DayUntoDay
A Celebration of Wilderness, National Forests in Florida
A Celebration of Wilderness, National Forests in Florida
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Forest Service
Practical Tips for Boise National Forest Job Applicants
Practical Tips for Boise National Forest Job Applicants
Published: 2012/12/21
Channel: Forest Service
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
Allegheny National Forest in 4K | Bushcraft Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping Pennsylvania
Allegheny National Forest in 4K | Bushcraft Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping Pennsylvania
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: AdventureArchives
Wildland Firefighter in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Wildland Firefighter in the US Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Forest Service
Accessible Adventures: Hells Canyon in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Accessible Adventures: Hells Canyon in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: Forest Service
U S  Forest Service -  Angeles National Forest (CA) Engine 517, 112, & 17
U S Forest Service - Angeles National Forest (CA) Engine 517, 112, & 17
Published: 2015/03/16
Channel: drew24socal
Accessible Adventures: Exploring the Naches on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Accessible Adventures: Exploring the Naches on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: Forest Service
National Forest Gold
National Forest Gold
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: djpitr
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
The Siuslaw National Forest
The Siuslaw National Forest
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: World Viewers Stop
Sam Houston National Forest - January 3, 2016
Sam Houston National Forest - January 3, 2016
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: NationalForestHunter
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
Washington State National Forest road NF9021
Washington State National Forest road NF9021
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: Jim Bonney
Special Forest Products on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Special Forest Products on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: Forest Service
Lost Lake National Forest Camping Colorado
Lost Lake National Forest Camping Colorado
Published: 2015/07/25
Channel: Jim Thomas
Accessible Adventures: Heather Meadows in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Accessible Adventures: Heather Meadows in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Published: 2014/10/06
Channel: Forest Service
Backpacking Talladega National Forest Cheaha Part 1
Backpacking Talladega National Forest Cheaha Part 1
Published: 2013/09/15
Channel: SailingandSuch
Malheur National Forest
Malheur National Forest
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Dispersed camping in National Forest
Dispersed camping in National Forest
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: rusty78609
Saving Sedona
Saving Sedona's National Forest
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Save Our Ancient Redrocks Redrocknationalmonument
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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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