US Forest Service – The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The US Forest Service manages 193 million acres in 44 States and territories (almost 30% of all federal land), across 154 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands, as well as 419 wildernesses totaling 35.48 million acres.
USBLM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. It administers more public land – over 245 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency in the United States. Most of this land is located in the 12 Western states, including Alaska.
BLM is responsible for 221 Wilderness Areas with 8.7 million acres in 10 Western States (3 percent of BLM’s total acreage in the coterminous United States), all within the National Landscape Conservation System.
USNPS – The National Park Service (NPS) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. The NPS manages the 397 units of the National Park System. Wilderness comprises 44 million of these acres in 47 parks for a total of 53 percent of National Park System lands. The NPS also helps administer dozens of affiliated sites, the National Register of Historic Places, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Landmarks, and National Trails.
USFWS – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior whose mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The USFWS manages the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 551 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. The Service co-manages an additional 157 million acres of submerged lands and waters in national monuments, for a total of over 306 million acres. There are more than 20 million acres of designated wilderness in the National Wildlife Refuge System – about one-fifth of all the designated wilderness areas in the United States. The USFWS also operates 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices and 86 ecological services field stations through its Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, Endangered Species, Migratory Bird, and other Programs.
Parks Canada — Parks Canada manages national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada is a proud steward of these heritage places and protects and presents them for the benefit and enjoyment of Canadians while ensuring that they remain unimpaired for present and future generations. There are 44 national parks representing 28 of Canada’s 39 terrestrial regions, making the system over 70 percent complete and protecting over 300,000 square kilometres of Canada’s lands.
CONANP – la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) is an organ of the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), in charge of the Administration of the Natural Protected Areas (NPA). Its mission is to conserve the natural heritage of Mexico through Protected Areas and other forms of preservation, by promoting a culture of conservation and the sustainable development of communities living in their own environment. CONANP currently manages 174 natural areas under federal condition, representing more than 25,384,818 hectares. These areas are classified into different categories: Biosphere Reserves; National Parks; Natural Monuments; Protection Area of Natural Resources; Protection Area of Flora and Fauna; and Sanctuaries.
USDA Office of Environmental Markets – The Office of Environmental Markets (OEM) in the US Department of Agriculture supports the Secretary and the development of emerging markets for carbon sequestration, water quality, wetlands, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. Environmental markets have the potential to become a new economic driver for rural America, supporting a bold, creative future for America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.