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Forest Service maps link healthy drinking water to healthy forests

The U.S. Forest Service has unveiled a comprehensive series of maps that illustrate, for the first time, the crucial role forests play in sustaining the watersheds that are most important to the quality of American surface drinking water. The “Forests to Faucets” interactive maps also identify the extent to which those watersheds are threatened by development, fire, insects and disease. Communities can use the data to help determine the important role their forests play in providing clean drinking water and help to identify the location of at-risk watersheds. For more information and to view the maps, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/FS_Efforts/forests2faucets.shtml.

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