Most people do not realize the impact our nation's forests have upon their daily lives. Forests provide countless recreational activities, alternative energy possibilities, local economic benefits, and wildlife habitats all across our country on public and private lands.
Most people also don't realize that when you turn on your faucet, a forest may have helped the water get to your home. Eighty-seven percent of our country's fresh water supply originates from forest or agricultural watersheds. Our national forests alone are the source of fresh water for more than 900 cities and 3,200 public water systems serving more than 66 million people from coast to coast.
And yet, our nation's forestlands are threatened like they've never been before.
… My vision for the future of our nation's forests sets a new direction for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service. We will emphasize a collaborative and cross-boundary forest management approach with a heavy focus on restoration. It will make our forests more resilient to climate change while protecting water resources, improving forest health and creating new jobs.