Forests are great places for activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, fishing and bird watching. Being outdoors improves mental well-being by bonding with others and nature. Individuals, especially kids, are more likely to be healthier and live active lifestyles when they have access to forests and parks. Investing in forests for recreation opportunities not only boosts the local economy but builds a sense of community pride.
Did you know?
- Today there are 155 national forests in 42 states, plus one in Puerto Rico, comprising almost 190 million acres — 8.5 percent of the nation’s total land area.