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A organizational summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The Forest Service was established by an act of Congress in 1905, during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. [1] The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is responsible for managing public lands in the nation’s 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands that cover more than 193 million acres of public land. The agency also oversees 80 experimental forests and ranges, five research and development stations, and 18 job corps centers. The USFS maintains and cultivates these lands for public use and national interests through various activities ranging from scientific research and development to firefighting, recreation maintenance, wilderness and wildlife protection, ecosystem management, and timber production. [2]

Mission Statement

Sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. [3]


The agency was created on the principle of managing the Nation’s natural resources “for the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest time."

To advance our mission and serve our purpose, we balance the short and long-term needs of people and nature by:

  • Working in collaboration with communities and our partners;
  • Providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; and
  • Connecting people to the land and one another.
  • Delivering world-class science, technology and land management. [3]

Legal Status / Authority

Federal agencies operate under the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.


USFS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Organizational Structure

The Agency is divided into four levels:

  • Headquarters: The Chief reports to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Region: Includes 9 geographic regions where regional forester oversees forest supervisors.
  • National forests and grasslands: 154 national forests and 20 grasslands where Forest supervisors direct the work of district rangers.
  • Ranger districts: More than 600 ranger districts, each with a staff of 10 to 100 people.

USFS Regional Territories

Related links


  1. U.S.Forest Service https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1602.html#:~:text=The%20Forest%20Service%20was%20established,height%20of%20the%20Progressive%20Movement.&text=On%20February%201%2C%201905%2C%20the,within%20the%20Department%20of%20Agriculture.
  2. AllGov United States Forest Service http://www.allgov.com/departments/department-of-agriculture/united-states-forest-service?agencyid=7277#:~:text=The%20U.S.%20Forest%20Service%20(USFS,and%2018%20job%20corps%20centers.
  3. 3.0 3.1 US Forest Service https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency


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