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2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Trailer
Every year the Forest Service plays an integral role in providing the “People’s Tree,” named such because it comes from public land and the tree’s annual trip is supported by many local communities along the way. The cost of moving the tree, providing ornaments and hosting various events is covered by a nonprofit organization dedicated to the event. Forest Service employees provide support as part of their duties. This year, the Forest Service partnered with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors to make this hugely coordinated effort a success.
Forest Service gets to the heart of wildland firefighters
It takes a certain type of person to fight wildfires. It’s not what they look like. Or sound like. It’s not their heritage or their culture. It’s their heart. A seven-minute U.S. Forest Service recruitment video, “The Heart of a Firefighter,” takes viewers as close to being as firefighter as possible through a small screen.
The video opens with the crackling sound of fire then, slowly, the sound of a heartbeat intermixes with sounds of thunder, firefighters talking to each other over radios and, increasingly, the sound of tribal vocals and drumming mixed with the electronic music created by A Tribe Called Red. Intermixed are wildland firefighters describing their jobs and their emotional connection to the work that they do.
Chief Tom Tidwell on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
The Forest Service is actively participating in Wilderness50 - the national coalition of government agencies, organizations, and tribal and citizen groups working to commemorate 50 years of wilderness. Wilderness50 is planning a variety of projects and events and also developing resources to assist implementation of local activities throughout the country. The Wilderness50 national theme is "YOURS ... To Enjoy ... To Protect"
Puff and Fluff the owls return home
Puff and Fluff, the baby owls that Forest Service firefighters saved during the Carstens Fire in June 2013, are finally home. Terri Williams of the Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Servicereleased the Western Screech-Owls on July 24 near where they were found the month before in a downed tree in the Sierra National Forest.
Chips the Baby Bobcat
During the Chips Fire on the Plumas National Forest, a baby bobcat was orphaned. While the Forest Service restored the forest, the bobcat, then known as Chips, recovered at a wild animal rehabilitation facility. Recently, Chips was returned to the wild.