The twenty Northeastearn and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia are home to 41 percent of the nation’s population and contain 23 percent of the nation’s forests—some 172 million acres. Here, the majority of the forest land—74 percent—is owned by private citizens and corporations.


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‚Äźthirds or more of their land area in forests.  Nearly 90% of Southern forests are privately owned by over 5 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