Feature Stories

Improving Forest Practices One Beehive at a Time in Ghana

January 14, 2016 - All over the world, deforestation and forest degradation are under the microscope because together they comprise the second greatest driver of climate change. If you focus on the country of Ghana, you’ll find one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa. In fact, the country has lost nearly 90… Read more


Simple Measures Pave Way to Recovery for Rare Kentucky Plant

January 12, 2016 - This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. A hike through Kentucky’s Red River Gorge… Read more


46 Million-Year-Old Eocene World in a Forest

January 7, 2016 - An intrepid fossil hunter on the U.S. Forest Service’s Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana doesn’t need to dig too deep to find exquisitely preserved fossil insects with traces of their original stomach… Read more


The Forest Service's favorite Yonder images of 2015

December 28, 2015 - In 2015 the Forest Service saw some awesome pictures on Yonder!  In celebration of 2015, the Forest Service assembled some of your most popular shots along with a few of our favorites. 1. Sunrise or sunset… Read more


The Chugach Children’s Forest is Transforming Lives for Future Generations

December 17, 2015 - If you were to tell me three years ago that in two years, I would be camping a couple feet away from a glacier and kayaking next to icebergs, I would tell you that you are out of your mind,” said Isabel Azpilcueta. But life takes us in unexpected directions, and that is exactly what Isabel – a… Read more


Saving Our Forest Heritage in a Vault

December 16, 2015 - Trees are often referred to as the lungs of the earth, providing not only the oxygen we need to breathe but a filter to clean our air and water. Trees from forested lands provide timber for our homes, food for people and wildlife, protection from weather extremes and, in urban and rural settings,… Read more


Forest Service Teams Help in Aftermath of Historic Flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia

December 15, 2015 - Last summer, after a flash flood swept through Tbilisi, the capital of the nation of Georgia, the U.S. Forest Service deployed three teams to help address some of the most critical challenges. The horrific event killed 19 people, forced 67 families from their… Read more


Protecting Sage Grouse for Future Generations…One Seed at a Time

December 14, 2015 - The need for food and shelter for wildlife to survive is basic, particularly for sage grouse living in a post-wildfire landscape in western states. The U.S. Forest Service is helping this upland… Read more


Job Corps Students, Alumnae ‘Pay it Forward,’ Helping Each Other Learn Leadership Skills

December 8, 2015 - Preparing for a career involves many steps, plus individual motivation as well as help from those who’ve gone before you. That’s what a group of 60 Harpers Ferry Job Corps students explored recently during a recent training session related to job preparedness for the … Read more


Northern Lights Shine on Capitol Hill

December 3, 2015 - When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan asked Anna Devolld, a ten year old child from Alaska, to flip the switch, a momentary hush came across the crowd as thousands of lights on a massive tree illumined the West Lawn just below both Houses of… Read more


Partnerships Help Accelerate Forest Restoration, Increasing Benefits, Decreasing Threats

November 19, 2015 - We cannot care for public forests and grasslands alone—the land benefits the most when communities join us and provide input to help shape forest plans. The U.S. Forest Service takes pride in being part of the communities we serve, whether by managing the land… Read more


Wildland Fires Recognize No Borders

November 18, 2015 - An uncontained forest fire burning in Greece, Germany, or the U.S. looks basically the same: they are all destructive. For this important reason, the U.S. Forest Service has a well-established international leadership role in wildland fire management. The … Read more


Using Agroforestry to Help Pollinators Help You

November 13, 2015 - Today, farms in the U.S. are larger and have less nearby habitat to support bees than in the past, yet the need for pollinators in rural landscapes has never been greater. In light of concerns over pollinator declines, a Memorandum was released by President Obama on June 20, 2014, … Read more


Collaboration is the Name of the Game in the Northwoods

November 13, 2015 - USDA celebrates National Native American Heritage Month in November with a blog series focused on USDA’s support of Tribal Nations and highlighting a number of our efforts throughout Indian Country and Alaska. Follow along on the … Read more


Volunteers Put Down Roots to Keep Kenai Peninsula Stream Banks Healthy

November 12, 2015 - The river banks of the Upper Kenai and Russian Rivers in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula are known to attract some of the most avid fishermen. In the last couple decades, they have also lured a growing number of citizen volunteers who are equally passionate about an environmental stewardship mission to… Read more


A Giant Christmas Tree’s 4000 Mile Journey from Alaska to Capitol Hill

November 9, 2015 - For over 90 years the majestic Lutz spruce stood silently in the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska. Hidden from most tourists, except intrepid hikers,… Read more


Seventy Years Could Not Erase the Memory of a Wildfire Hero

November 5, 2015 - It’s been a busy few months for the Triple Nickles, the U.S. Forest Service’s first African-American smoke jumping crew. On Aug. 6 of this year a member of the crew who was the first recorded death of a hot shot wildland firefighter was posthumously honored at his gravesite that was recently found… Read more


Bison are back and here to stay at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

November 5, 2015 - Guest Post by Hannah Ettema of the National Forest Foundation. It was like stepping back through time on the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Some 200 years ago, when bison prominently roamed the Illinois landscape, kicking up dust as they… Read more


A Look at Life in the Wildland Urban Interface

October 28, 2015 - If I were to go running on my favorite trail on the west side of town and ask one of the homeowners, whose house abuts the natural area, to describe where they live, I am guessing they would first say Fort Collins, or maybe offer the name of their neighborhood, followed by “at the base of the… Read more


Celebrate the Mysterious World of Caves, a Home for Bats during International Bat Week

October 28, 2015 - What images enter your mind when you think of caves or bats? Many people’s initial thoughts center around small spaces, dark places and the misleading myths surrounding the world’s only flying mammal. Both caves and bats are part of a fascinating story found in your … Read more