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U.S. Forest Service

million forests national acres

Forest Service, U.S., Department of Agriculture agency, created in 1905 to manage and protect the national forests. Nearly 190 million acres (77 million hectares) of national forests and grasslands, as well as 480 million acres (194 million hectares) of forests and watersheds belonging to state and local governments and private owners, benefit from the service's conservation, research, development, and advisory programs.

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