Public land: It’s all yours!
Public lands are among our nation’s most valuable assets. These natural treasures are not only capable of supporting recreation and wildlife, they support a wealth of natural resources that belong to all Americans.
The Forest Service stewards these valuable resources for this and future generations, providing for what America’s first chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, called “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run.”
The Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6) of the USDA Forest Service contains 17 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments, all within the States of Oregon and Washington.
These Forests provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants, and animals, and protection for rivers, streams and watersheds that provide clean water for drinking, agriculture, and industrial use. National Forests in the Pacific Northwest also offer some of the finest recreation lands in the country.
Forests in the region represent diverse ecosystems, from wet temperate rain forests to the more arid high desert, at elevations ranging from coastal dunes to mountain peaks. Active volcanoes within the region include Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens (which erupted in 1980), Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson.
Pacific Northwest National Forests, by state:
Deschutes National Forest includes Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland
Gifford Pinchot National Forest includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument