WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE USE?
Responsible use of our public lands, like the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, means using the land and resources in such a way that future generations may continue to use and enjoy them. It is our mission at the Forest Service to "sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."
WHY IS RESPONSIBLE USE IMPORTANT?
National Forests near you are public lands - they are yours and everyone else's to use and enjoy! Many of the resources and experiences you can find in National Forests are unique to this country and the region you are in. That being said, it is important that we are able to manage and protect the resources and forests so that people can continue to enjoy them now and in the future. There are many impacts on the environment from use of forests, including water quality, wildlife, and habitat.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you have questions about responsible use on public lands, contact your local ranger station. Our friendly staff can tell you what passes or permits you need for your favorite activity, how to "Pack It In, Pack It Out," and how you can help make sure our forests can be enjoyed for years to come.
Thank you for helping us maintain our beautiful public lands!