So why do they state on the Forest Service website: "Caring for the land and serving the people"?
Welcome to the web site of the U.S. Forest Service Chief's Office! In case you're new to the Forest Service, our purpose is twofold:
(1) to make sure that America's forests and grasslands are in the healthiest condition they can be; and
Our focus at the Forest Service is on the ground—on the places where you live, work, and play. Above all, we're dedicated to keeping everyone on the ground safe and secure. Our goal is to serve our communities, both rural and urban. One way is to work with partners for healthy, resilient forests and rangelands on federal, state, and private lands. Healthy lands support the outdoor activities of millions of Americans each year, a service we proudly provide on the National Forest System. A central concern for all Americans is sustainable land management. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect our communities, properties, and wildland resources from catastrophic fire and other threats.
You own your national forests and grasslands, and we are here to serve you. As you browse our website, please think of ways we can better serve you and let us know.