Who We Are

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National Forests protect the water we drink.

National Forests and Grasslands provide Americans with 193-million spectacular acres of wildlands.

  • 9,126 miles of scenic byways to drive
  • 148,295 miles of trails to hike
  • 4,418 miles of wild and scenic rivers to float
  • 5,107 campgrounds in which to pitch our tents
  • And 328 natural pools to swim in

All this and the chance to see elk and bear, ducks and deer, trout and trees, thousands of species of plants and animals, and billions of stars in a midnight sky.

Chartered by Congress, the National Forest Foundation was created in 1993 to work with the U.S. Forest Service.

The National Forest Foundation brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, we engage America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. We also administer private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.

In helping the U.S. Forest Service fulfill its mission "to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations" we work in close collaboration with local people and communities. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of the 193 million acres that make up our National Forests and Grasslands.

To learn more about the National Forest Foundation, visit the Mission & Values and Programs and Initiatives part of our site and read about our programs.

Also, to learn more about the dedicated people responsible for the National Forest Foundation please visit the Board of Directors, National Forest Leadership Council, and staff pages of this site.