Over 175 million acres of forest – close to 23 percent of forestland in the nation - are found in the heavily populated Northeastern and Midwestern regional of the United States. 74 percent of this forested land is privately owned, contributing to a complex pattern of land ownership across the landscape. The region faces a range of issues related to forest health, urban forests, climate change, forest fragmentation, wildfire, and many others


The South is home to vast and diverse forest resources.  Forests account for a large portion of land in the South, with some states having two‐thirds or more of their land area in forests.  Nearly 90 percent of Southern forests are privately owned by over five million landowners.  Southern forests are being shaped by several trends, including population growth, urbanization, changing landowner characteristics and extreme weather and fire events.


Forests of the West contain an incredible assemblage of resources. They cover about 365 million acres (49% of the nation’s total forested area) and are managed by a diversity of owners, both public and private. The issues facing western forests —wildfire, invasive species, changing ownership patterns and markets, fragmentation, and climate change—affect all lands and all people, threatening basic assets we need and often take for granted: clean air and water, safe communities, open space, and economic opportunities.

Regional & State