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Division of Forestry

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Forestry (DOF) is to provide for the efficient, effective management and protection of trust forest resources for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives through recognition and support of their resource management goals—all with the spirit of self-determination, and consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s trust responsibilities.

Who We Serve

The Division of Forestry works for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives—supporting the management, planning, and best use of trust forest resources. 

Services We Provide


  • FY22 Division of Forestry (DOF) National Timber Team Accomplishments


    In FY 22, The Timber Team spent 30 weeks traveling in response to Tribal forestry project needs. Between driving and…

  • BIA Division of Forestry Timber Team Aids Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Salvaging Ponderosa Pine


    This past September, the Timber Team traveled to southern South Dakota to assist the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Forestry…

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About the Division of Forestry

The 1990 National Indian Forest Resources Management Act, P.L. 101-630, Title III, 104 Stat. 4532, is the primary statute authorizing federal funds for Indian forest management activities. The law directs the Secretary of the Interior to undertake forest management activities, which "… develop, maintain, and enhance Indian forest land in a perpetually productive state in accordance with the principles of sustained yield and with the standards and objectives set forth in Tribal forest management plans."  

The Division of Forestry (DOF) oversees the National Indian Forestry Program, which is a cooperative effort of the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of the Deputy Director - Trust Services, Division of Forestry, Intertribal Timber Council and Tribal governments on reservations. 

DOF is responsible for budget and policy formulation and providing coordination, management, planning, oversight, and monitoring for all activities related to management, development, and protection of trust forest resources.

DOF is part of the Office of Trust Services.   

DOF's headquarters is in Albuquerque, NM, and it has staff in Coos Bay, OR, Clackamas, OR, Lakewood, CO, Sacramento, CA, Benzonia, MI, and Billings, MT.


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