Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced National Grasslands Week as June 18-24, to spotlight the beauty and historical importance of the 20 national grasslands in 12 western states managed by the USDA Forest Service.

“The western prairies that make up today’s national grasslands are a treasure for all Americans,” said Johanns. “Our national grasslands span stunning natural landscapes, providing abundant wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities, as well as maintaining many farms and ranches.”