The National Forests in Alabama comprised of four national forests are part of the USDA Forest Service 191 national forests, national grasslands, and land utilization projects totaling 191 million acres in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Forest Service is an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). We manage the national forests for multiple use, including recreation, timber, wildlife and fish, water and soil, wilderness and range. Our forests are "working" forests. The main focus of the Forest Service is the protection and conservation of natural resources on public lands.