New Forest Service Research Report Quantifies the Role of Forested Lands in Providing Drinking Water

The USDA Forest Service has published a new research report entitled, “Quantifying the Role of National Forest System and Other Forested Lands in Providing Surface Drinking Water Supply for the Conterminous United States.” The new report highlights the importance of private forest conservation to a clean and stable water supply and can aid water resource and forest managers in developing integrated watershed management plans at a time when climate change, population growth, and land development threaten water supplies. This study provides a systematic accounting of NFS and other forested lands for surface drinking water supply and aims to help land managers better determine where wildfire risk reduction, watershed management, and restoration work can make the most difference to water supply – work that also supports the Wildfire Strategy and programs supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. For more information and to read the report, visit the Forest Service website at

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