Feature Stories

From Devastation to Restoration

February 11, 2016 - Wildfires in sagebrush and other range ecosystems are increasing in frequency and severity, often in relation to drought conditions and intrusive species like cheatgrass, a non-native, highly flammable invasive species that establishes itself as a monoculture and crowds out native grasses and… Read more

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

February 8, 2016 - By Tom Fry, Western Conservation Director, American Forest Foundation Tom Fry is the Western Conservation Director of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF and the U.S. Forest Service hold a long-standing partnership in pursuit of protecting and conserving the important forest benefits that… Read more

Forest Service Drought Report Serves as ‘Foundation of Understanding’ for Forest, Rangeland Managers in a Changing Climate

February 1, 2016 - Drought is inevitable, a recurring natural event – or series of events – that can be felt over a season or a severe, longer lasting natural event that has social and economic consequences. But how land managers prepare for or react at any stage of a drought in today’s world with the increasing… Read more

Shiitake Mushrooms: A Commercial Forest Farming Enterprise

January 22, 2016 - Helping landowners care for their forests and strengthen local economies is an important goal of the U.S. Forest Service, USDA National Agroforestry Center and their partnering organizations. According to Ken Mudge of Cornell… Read more

Shawnee National Forest’s Camel Rock coming soon to a pocket near you

January 19, 2016 - When hiking through amazing sandstone rock formations in the U.S. Forest Service’s… Read more

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