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Understand the Impact of Replanting

There is a long list of reasons why it is important to keep America’s forests healthy.

Watershed Protection

180 million Americans depend of forest watersheds for their drinking water. The natural water filtration trees provide can lower costs associated with drinking water treatment.

Air Quality

Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality.

Wildlife Habitat

Large populations of wildlife rely on forests for food, cover and water.

Endangered and Threatened Species Habitat

National forests provide habitat for one-third of all federally listed threatened or endangered species.

Soil Stabilization

Trees reduce the effects of erosion caused by water and wind.

Flood Control

Forests reduce floods, minimizing sediment, nitrates and phosphorus runoff into critical waterways.


Areas that were deforested for mining, agriculture, lumber, etc., can be returned to their original forested state.

Riparian Buffers

Trees help improve water quality in streams, rivers and lakes and also protect these waterways from the impact of adjacent land uses. In addition, riparian forests regulate water temperatures for many critical aquatic species.

Carbon Sequestration

National forests sequester more than 50 million metric tons of carbon each year. This helps to combat climate change.

Future Seed Source

Large-scale reforestation provides a future seed source in areas of high mortality and severe burn.


Forests sustain revenue-generating recreation and tourism opportunities. In fact, national forests saw an estimated 160 million recreation visits in 2012.

Job Creation

Forest restoration and maintenance means the creation of new jobs as well as the sustainability of existing jobs.


Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Many and varied types of work are available, from office support to vigorous, outdoor physical labor. Part time, full time, seasonal, and even year-round volunteer positions are available around the country - maybe very close to where you live.

For more information, please visit:

Forest Service Volunteers
Your talents and skills are matched with your work preference to obtain a role that satisfies you and best fulfills the mission of the Forest Service.

Individual Forest Web Sites
Select a state or forest, then check out the forest Web site for volunteer opportunities.