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Forest Service celebrates National Grasslands Week

The U.S. Forest Service is celebrating National Grasslands Week through June 23, showcasing the beauty, history and economic value of the 20 national grasslands on the 75th anniversary of the legislation that established them.
America’s national grasslands, spanning 12 states and 4 million acres, were created through the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937.
Today, the benefits grasslands provide are valued in the billions of dollars. More than 1 million visitors explore the national grasslands annually, enjoying a wealth of recreation and education opportunities. The national grasslands provide pollination of native and agricultural plants, and are valuable as livestock grazing areas and energy development opportunities. They also help prevent drought and floods, maintain biodiversity, generate and preserve soils, contribute to climate stability and protect watersheds, streams and river channels.
For more, including information on specific national grasslands, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/.

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