Forests generate most of the water in the country, providing
two-thirds of all the precipitation runoff the water that comes
from the sky in the 48 contiguous states. Some 14 percent of all
runoff comes from the roughly 190 million acres of our national
forests, which take up only 8 percent of the land.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 60
million people in 3,400 communities in 33 states rely on national
forests for their drinking water. Millions more depend on state
and private forests to facilitate the refilling of aquifers from
which they draw their water.
Water from our national forests has an economic value of more
than $3.7 billion a year, according to a Forest Service report
issued in 2000.
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