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National Forest Foundation Celebrates National Forest Week

This Year’s Annual Celebration Encourages Americans to “Explore it All” July 12-18

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Missoula, MT (June 30, 2021) –  The National Forest Foundation (NFF), a congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, is hosting National Forest Week, an annual celebration of our 193-million-acre National Forest System and public lands from July 12 to July 18. National Forest Week takes place each year on the second full week of July with this year’s theme being “Explore It All” encouraging individuals to share their favorite memories, experiences, and personal connections to National Forests. 

“We work year round with our partners to improve and conserve our National Forests to inspire meaningful connections with these public lands. National Forest Week allows everyone to come together and celebrate the experiences and memories made within these beautiful National Forests,” said Mary Mitsos, President and CEO of the NFF. “My team and I are looking forward to seeing the public engage and hearing about the connections others have to our National Forests.” 

The celebration will start with a Virtual Kick-off live stream event hosted by the NFF on Instagram and YouTube on Monday, July 12 at  2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, featuring Forest Service personnel, NFF staff, and corporate and nonprofit partners, influencers and a musical performance. 

Ways to get involved during the National Forest Week celebration:

  • Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #NationalForestWeek. Share National Forest stories, opportunities, and experiences on social media with the hashtag #NationalForestWeek. 
  • Attend a virtual event. Visit for the full schedule and tune in.  
  • Submit a photo to the National Forest Week photo contest. Share your National Forest photos for a chance to win prizes.
  • Purchase limited edition National Forest Week items. Limited edition T-shirts and Bryn Merrell art print are available and proceeds will support conservation efforts in National Forests across the country. 

Find a forest near you and learn about your local National Forests and Grasslands visit for more information on National Forest Week visit

Media Contact: Erin Wyer | | 612.747.1314

About the National Forest Foundation

The congressionally chartered National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and American’s outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects, and disease, improve recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at