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Our National Forests and Grasslands provide our country with 193 million spectacular acres of wildlands. With…
…our National Forests and Grasslands provide some of the best recreational opportunities to our great nation. Timber, oil, gas and minerals, grazing lands, and other natural resources add to the recreational values these public lands provide.
In 1897, when Congress created the U.S. Forest Service to manage the growing network of forest reserves, it specifically noted water’s importance. The agency’s “Organic Act” included the “securing favorable conditions of water flows” as a foundation of its mission.
Today, that mission is more relevant than it’s ever been. More than 3,000 communities, serving millions of Americans, get their drinking water from watersheds contained within National Forests and Grasslands. From major cities like Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles to small towns that border forest boundaries, the role our National Forests play in providing water is paramount to community health and prosperity.
From our watershed-focused Treasured Landscapes campaign sites like the Pike National Forest in Colorado, the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests in Utah to our multi-year partnership with Coca-Cola that is putting water back in rivers, streams and wetlands, we’ve realized significant and meaningful watershed benefits to forests and communities through our initiatives.
Since 2001, we have catalyzed more than $13 million in watershed stewardship and restoration through more than 450 individual investments. These investments include both direct on-the-ground restoration work, and investments that increase the capacity of those doing conservation work. We have leveraged our $13 million investment (private and federal funds) into conservation impacts exceeding $58 million. Selected cumulative watershed accomplishments include:
Working together with ofi and Knorr, a Unilever brand, we are working closely with the Forest Service on a series of restoration projects within the Pine Flats watershed on the Sierra National Forest.