Researchers studying changes in U.S. landscape patterns over a 10-year period found that landscapes containing family forests exhibited substantial changes over a relatively short period of time.
Photo by Larry Korhnak, Interface South.
Behind every drop of water from the tap is an entire forest ecosystem. And while it’s easy to take drinking water for granted, you might be surprised to learn that the nation’s largest single source of water is the National Forest System.
Today, environmental justice at USDA refers to meeting the needs of underserved communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision making, and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work.
The sustainability of ecosystem services provided by family forests also depends on the characteristics of bordering lands.