Water is an increasingly valuable natural resource, and private forest owners play a critical role in keeping it cool, clean, and abundant. Trees help keep erosion and pollution from flowing into surface water systems like streams and rivers. They also slow rainwater down, sending more water into underground supplies.
Private forests supply 30% of our drinking water
The water supplies for rural and urban communities around the country come through forested watersheds, where forests act as a natural filtration system. According to the U.S. Forest Service, privately owned forests supply nearly 30 percent of the water we drink. In most cases, private forest owners provide these cost-saving environmental benefits to the public for free.