WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a public-private partnership to rapidly advance the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. The partnership is between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) and the U.S. Forest Service.
While some may close up tents and winterize recreational vehicles this this time of year, there are others who look forward to a winter filled with adventures on U.S. Forest Service forests and grasslands. The draw is yurts and historic cabins available to rent that offer a bit of solitude for camping, a dose of adventure on skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles, and a lifetime of memories.
Betsy Howell works full-time as a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service. But in her spare time she also juggles a full-time passion as a Civil War reenactor and author. Howell has worked for the agency for 19 years and currently works on the Olympic National Forest in Washington State.