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Ten reasons to give thanks for National Forests

The National Forest System


Memorable Sunsets

Whether the sun ducks behind the mountains or slides beneath the lake, our National Forests provide the setting for extraordinary sunsets day after day.

Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest, Nevada

Quiet Sunrises

As you crawl out of your tent or begin the day’s hike, the sights and sounds of the world coming to life on our National Forests create an unparalleled way to start your day.

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Fresh Water

Our National Forest watersheds provide the freshwater for more than one-third of Americans.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Beautiful Vistas

Sometimes we just need to stop and take in the view. From towering cacti and lush waterfalls to rolling hills and sharp peaks, views on our National Forests can take your breath away.

Photo by Jamie Nice

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina.

193 Million Acres of Possibilities

We may not all have a large backyard or even one at all, so it’s comforting to know that our National Forests will always give us the space we need.

Inyo National Forest, California.

Homes for Wildlife

Creatures both great and small depend on a variety of wild climates to call their own. From high-alpine landscapes to aquatic environments and everything in-between, our National Forests contain the ecosystems needed for tens of thousands of species.

Healthy Spaces

To clear your head or your heart, a walk in the woods has proven again and again to be beneficial for our health.

Photo by Anna Halstead

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Adventures Both Great and Small

From an evening stroll along the creek or an epic journey on one our nation’s Long Trails, our National Forests offer opportunities for escape and exploration on any scale.

Photo by Leslie Kehmeier, International Mountain Biking Association

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Virigina

Clean Air

The trees that cover our National Forests sequester carbon, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Photo by Marie Stone

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

Unforgettable Experiences

Catching your first fish. Chasing your first butterfly. Summiting your first peak. Sleeping under the stars. Spotting an elusive creature. The list could go on and on. For as many trees that grow in our National Forests there are as many ways to enjoy these special places.

Photo by Anthony Smith

Payette National Forest, Idaho

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