That’s a good question. It was originally adopted as part of the Department of Agriculture but recently, many have proposed it be moved to the Department of the Interior which already includes the National Parks Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.
The USFS still, to a certain extent, manages forest more like an agricultural crop than like a national park. It can sell in certain areas, permits allowing the harvesting of wood from national forest lands. This was part of Gifford Pinchot’s original idea behind the USFS and the park system. Pinchot advocated for multi-use national lands as opposed to John Muir who wanted to preserve all the nation’s wild lands.
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