California’s eighteen national forests cover one-fifth of the State. They provide half the water for 37 million people. They clean the air and store carbon. They provide vital habitat for plants and animals. They offer recreation to millions of visitors. And they supply a renewable source of wood and forage. But our forests are not healthy. They are under increasing threats from population growth and sprawl. from a warming planet From too little natural fire and too many non-native species. These threats are causing Destructive wildfires. Drought Extinction One way to reduce these threats is restore the health of these forests so they are more resilient to disturbance and the changing climate. Restoration has always been an important mission of the Forest Service. Now we are increasing both the rate and scale
of restoration to meet these new challenges. The Forest Service is working with partners across all ownership boundaries to achieve these goals We want what you want: healthy and resilient forests that will sustain our quality of life into the future.