OPPORTUNITIES for outdoor recreation offered by the national forests cover the entire field of the country's forest sports and diversions. For extent, variety, and interest they are probably unequaled anywhere in the world. Furthermore, these opportunities are inexpensive, informal, and relatively undiscovered—open to enjoyment by everyone.
National forests under administration of the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, include more than 176 million acres of land, or something more than an acre apiece for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Because of their distribution—some 160 in 36 of the 48 States, Alaska, and Puerto Rico—they are the most generally accessible large public areas adapted to outdoor recreation in the country.
FRONT COVER.—Heading uptrail in the high country.—Sequoia National Forest, Calif. (F—358982)