Strengthen Ties to the Community

Monthly banner for July that reads ‘Strengthen ties to the community’

Did You Know?

  • Forest Service programs and activities contribute substantial socioeconomic benefits to the Nation and local communities.
  • As America’s urban areas continue to grow, access to the natural environment and nature-based activities is becoming increasingly important to a community’s overall health and well-being.
  • Shared stewardship is key to accomplishing work.
  • National Forests and Grasslands contribute to jobs and economic benefits that sustain rural communities.

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People in a canoe on a lake

Forest Recreation: Does Land Ownership Matter?
Demographics influence recreational use of public forests

There are notable differences between public and private forest users, and people are more likely to engage in some types of recreation – such as fishing – on publicly owned lands. Photo by Unsplash, courtesy of Pixabay.

Promoting Sustainable Forestry on African American Family Lands
Preserving cultural legacy, investing in the future

Interviews were conducted with forest landowner families at or near their property. Photo by Eleanor Cooper Brown.
Interviews were conducted with forest landowner families at or near their property. Photo by Eleanor Cooper Brown.
Infographic (text below)

After the Civil War, former African American slaves were deeded or bought property across the South, but in subsequent years often lacked the money for — or were denied access to – the legal resources needed to establish title to the land. As a result, much of this land was passed down through following generations without title and is now “heirs’ property.”


A dozen universities from all over the southeast joined SRS and R8 to discuss career opportunities for students. Photo by Jeremy Jones, USFS.

Recruiting the Next Generation of Leaders
FS Career Opportunities for Students

A dozen universities from all over the southeast joined SRS and R8 to discuss career opportunities for students. Photo by Jeremy Jones, USFS.

Employment and Income Trends for Forest-Based Sectors in the South
Key Findings from the Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

Bird watching is a favorite recreational hobby in National Forests. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Bird watching is a favorite recreational hobby in National Forests. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Meet SRS scientist Viniece Jennings

Her research helps people understand the connections between green spaces and physical, mental, and social health.
Viniece Jennings' scientist card

US Forest Service Helps Business

U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis unit provides research that helps Brown-Forman Cooperage locate its new mill in a small town and boosts the local economy.