Feature Stories

100 Years of U.S. Forest Service Research and Development

August 21, 2015 - U.S. Forest Service Research and Development celebrates a century of existence this year and while we don’t all get the opportunity to work directly with our researchers and scientists, we all benefit from their contributions. We are extremely fortunate as an agency to have our own Research &… Read more


Restoring Appalachian Soils to Restore the Forests

August 19, 2015 - The land of forest-covered hills, mountain music and coal has a lesson for restoration: healthy forests require healthy soils. The forests of Appalachia, a region that extends from southern New York to Georgia, are considered to be among the most diverse temperate deciduous forests in the world,… Read more


Alaska’s Newest Live Stream Salmon Cam Debuts

August 17, 2015 - The City of Valdez, Alaska, offers a unique destination for visitors because of the proximity to the Crooked Creek Information Center, the most visited information center on the … Read more


Inaugural US Forest Service International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration Held in Oregon

August 14, 2015 - This blog post was co-authored with Aaron Reuben (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Kathleen Buckingham (World Resources Institute). Four billion acres of degraded and deforested land world-wide—an area the size of South America—could benefit from restoration. Restoration… Read more


Forest Service Celebrates 150th Birthday of Founder

August 11, 2015 - The life in which U.S. Forest Service founder Gifford Pinchot was born into wasn’t much different than what millions of Downton Abbey fans have come to know through that popular PBS… Read more


Smokejumpers Celebrate 75 Years of Service

August 10, 2015 - In 1940, Rufus Robinson and Earl Cooley made U.S. Forest Service history parachuting onto a fire over Martin Creek on the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho.  This historic jump started an elite Read more


Celebrating 25 Years of Grand Island National Recreation Area

August 7, 2015 - With breathtaking views of Lake Superior, sandstone cliffs, pristine beaches and rich history, Michigan’s … Read more


The Cost of Fighting Wildfires is Sapping Forest Service Budget

August 6, 2015 - Cross-posted from the Seattle Times: Wildfires are now burning in Washington and across the West, in a year that may become the hottest on record. As our forests go up in flames, so… Read more


Healthy Soils Provide Foundation for a Healthy Life on National Forests and Grasslands

August 6, 2015 - Soils sustain life.  Without soils there would be no life as we know it.  Consider what healthy soils mean for national forests and grasslands. Soils provide the fertility needed to grow the plants, forests and grasslands that support and shelter humans and animals; they store water and carbon;… Read more


Catch a wild Alaskan sockeye: Watch live stream as the annual homecoming begins

July 30, 2015 - An easy nine miles from the city of Juneau, a portion of a small non-glacial tributary creek nestled among alder, cottonwood and beds of dense, lush moss and understory vegetation is again sharing its ancient story of birth, death and renewal: sockeye and coho salmon are swimming home to spawn.… Read more


Working with Beavers to Restore Watersheds

July 28, 2015 - The Methow Beaver Project is a bit uncommon as far as forest health restoration projects go, because it relies on one of nature’s greatest engineers – the beaver. Beavers build dams on rivers and streams, and build homes (“lodges”) in the… Read more


Wildfire-Related Tragedy Leads to Landmark Forest Restoration Partnership

July 28, 2015 - The Schultz Fire of 2010 started with an abandoned campfire. High winds blew the flames into neighboring trees and brush, igniting a wildfire that would grow to 15,000 acres of the Coconino National Forest and threaten residents near Flagstaff,… Read more


Recognizing the Value of Cleaner Watersheds

July 27, 2015 - The mission of the Forest Service is to “sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.” The provisioning of water resources – notably clean drinking water and flood control – is central to this. Growing… Read more


Migrating Monarchs

July 21, 2015 - Last month, beautiful monarch butterflies floated across Chicago’s skyline as a part of their annual migration. During this year’s journey, they found more milkweed plants in several places along their paths because of an innovative program that connects urban communities with nature. Area school… Read more


Restoring Fire to Oklahoma’s Priority Forest Landscapes

July 14, 2015 - (This post was written by George Geissler, State Forester of Oklahoma Forestry Services) Forest Action Plans represent the first-ever comprehensive assessment of America’s forest resources across all lands—public, private, rural, and urban—and offer… Read more


Drones can be Deadly for Wildland Firefighters

July 6, 2015 - Imagine if a hostile country sent an Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS, otherwise known as a drone, to disturb the efforts of firefighters during a catastrophic wildfire. The confusion that might ensue could cause loss of life and property as flames jump fire… Read more


Genetic Studies Reveal a Tree’s History to Ensure its Future

July 6, 2015 - It can reach heights of 200 feet and live 500 years, and occupies landscapes across the western United States. Some say its bark has an unforgettable smell resembling vanilla or even cinnamon, and this tree is one tough cookie. It grows in a variety of soils and climates and survives fires that… Read more


In Oregon, Finding the Lost River Whychus

July 1, 2015 - Sisters is a dreamy mountain town in Central Oregon with almost everything you might want in a scenic hideaway. With snowy peaks and expansive forests, it is an ideal location for biking, hiking, or simply contemplating wide expanses of blue sky. But for… Read more


And the Winner of the Smokey Bear Poster Contest is…

June 17, 2015 - For 54 years, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs Inc., have worked together to sponsor the National Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest that reaches elementary children throughout the U.S. This year’s grand prize winner is Audrey Morga, an 11-year old, and a fifth grader… Read more


Conserving Monarch Butterflies and their Habitats

June 16, 2015 - With more than 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants relying on pollinators, their importance to natural ecosystems and agriculture cannot be overstated. However, populations of pollinators, including bird, bat, butterfly, beetle and bee species, have been declining around the world.… Read more