Federal laws and policies apply to all lands and waters of the United States and are enforced by appropriate federal agencies and the federal judiciary. This website highlights seven key federal laws that address sustainable practices aimed at conserving and enhancing air quality, soil quality, water quality, and endangered species, as well as the detection, eradication, and mitigation of invasive species.
The U.S. federal government has empowered states with the rights to protect their forests through laws, regulations, and programs. This flexibility leads to a vast array of differing laws and oversight agencies found from state to state. However complex, there are at least seven uniform programs and policies found across all states and territories that provide a broad view of state forest sustainability. This section highlights these programs and policies, as well as provides hyperlinks to all the state forestry agency websites.