Third Annual National Forest Week Inspires Connections to Nature

Milky Way over Cathedral Rock

National Forests and Grasslands provide Americans with 193 million spectacular acres of wild lands to inspire a return to nature. That includes more than 9,000 miles of scenic byways; almost 150,000 miles of trails; more than 4,400 miles of wild and scenic rivers; at least 5,100 campgrounds; and 328 natural pools.

And wile the primary focus of the National Forest Foundation is on conservation and forest health — the NFF’s goal is truly to increase forest resiliency in order to allow for all Americans to experience and connect with National Forests, encouraging them to find a sense of stewardship to these lands. The NFF is a congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service.

National Forest Week is now an annual celebration of the National Forest System and all it has to offer, taking place the second week of July each year. This year’s theme is “Explore It All.”

Celebrated across the country, all Americans are invited to join the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in celebrating our spectacular public lands.

Founded in 1993, the NFF works on behalf of the American public to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our National Forests, arguably the centerpiece of America’s public lands.

They lead forest conservation efforts and promote responsible recreation on the 193 million acres of National Forests within U.S. borders, guided by the belief that National Forests and all that they offer are an American treasure vital to the health of local communities.

The organization — with help from its partners — has planted millions of trees, improved hundreds of miles of trails, enhanced forest resiliency, and reduced fire risk across the country.

How to celebrate National Forest Week

// Visit your local National Forest and go for a hike, go camping, go biking, and bring your dog!

// Submit photos to the National Forest Week Photo Contest and win cool prizes.

// Organize a forest clean up.

// Spend time being a good steward to your public lands – here’s a tool kit

// Recreate responsibly: protect yourself, the plant life and wildlife while having a good time.

By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and American’s outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects, and disease, improve recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands.