Feature Stories

Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires

March 23, 2017 - What if there was an endless fuel source that came from widely available natural waste products? And what if converting these products to energy supported tens of thousands of rural jobs? Wood can be just that fuel. In many places, it already is. The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand… Read more

The Benefits of Helping Great Plains Trees - One Diagnosis at a Time

March 10, 2017 - It began as a causal conversation in a hotel lobby in Kansas. After a day of discussions during the annual meeting of the Great Plains Tree Pest Council, the after-hours talk turned to the idea of updating the 1986 … Read more

Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

February 16, 2017 - When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry,… Read more

Selecting Trees to Grow in Cities: Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes, Growth Rates Across US

January 9, 2017 - In the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. But now city planners and urban foresters have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare. The U.S. Forest… Read more

Canoemobile inspires future conservation leaders!

January 4, 2017 - A young girl looks fearfully at the large wooden canoe bobbing on the water. She steps into the canoe and it moves. She yelps, and is given a reassuring smile by her boat captain. She gets settled holding her paddle tightly, convinced with every movement that the canoe will capsize. The canoe… Read more

The brightest gem in Washington isn’t the Hope Diamond it’s the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

December 7, 2016 - The American public doesn’t have to sneak a peek at the Christmas present the U.S. Forest Service has given them this year because it’s on full display just below the U.S. Capitol dome on the building’s West Lawn. A gift from the Forest Service’s… Read more

A dazzling gem from Idaho arrives on Capitol Hill

November 28, 2016 - You know Christmas is right around the corner when images of the U.S.  Capitol Christmas Tree being hoisted from a very long tractor trailer show up on your social media apps and on TV. An ongoing American tradition since 1964, this year, the… Read more

Improving Wild Turkey Habitat one leg at a time

November 22, 2016 - The history of Thanksgiving often brings to mind images of Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal with the main course being the still favored table fare of today, the humble turkey. Although most of us know the founding story of Thanksgiving, not many of us know the history of the iconic… Read more

Wily coyotes continue to thrive in the Southeast at the expense of deer populations

November 22, 2016 - Coyotes began migrating eastward throughout the latter half of the 20th Century. Once restricted to the western plains, they now occupy most of the continent and have invaded farms and cities, where they have expanded their diet to include squirrels, household pets and discarded fast food. Land-use… Read more

Aviation History Month: Aircraft and Paratroopers in the Forest Service

November 18, 2016 - It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the U.S. Forest Service relies heavily on fixed wing and rotary aircraft to accomplish the agency’s mission. Employees take to the skies for forest inventory surveys, prescribed fire support, firefighting or to get to remote… Read more

Digitally discover your public lands using the new Forest Service Visitor Map

November 16, 2016 - There are few better ways to plan your get away on a national forests or grasslands than to use the Forest Service’s online Visitor Map. With thousands of recreation areas, roads and an increasing number of trail systems, you can digitally explore and plan… Read more

The best of #ForestinFocus photo challenge

November 9, 2016 - We want to thank everyone who participated in our #ForestInFocus photo challenge. Because of your enthusiastic response and amazing submissions we can share the wonders of our National forests and grasslands from your point of view.  From breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, to awe-inspiring… Read more

Shaping Forests from the Bottom Up: It’s All About Root Disease

November 8, 2016 - The old proverb: “You can’t see the forest for the trees” should have continued with a line saying that it’s even harder to see below the trees. Because seeing under trees, their root system to be exact, is how scientists understand and appreciate the things that will determine what we all see in… Read more

Forest Service Every Kid in a Park Program Offers Field Trip Idea, Educational Resources – and a Free Holiday Tree Permit

November 3, 2016 - For the second year, the U.S. Forest Service is part of the administration’s Every Kid in a Park program, an initiative to provide American fourth graders with a free pass to more than 2,000 federal land and water sites for them, their siblings and up to three… Read more

Looking to the Future and Learning from the Past in our National Forests

November 3, 2016 - Forests are changing in ways they’ve never experienced before because today’s growing conditions are different from anything in the past. The climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, exotic diseases and pests are present, and landscapes are fragmented by human activity often occurring at the… Read more

Join the Bat Squad and Pull for Bats during Bat Week

October 24, 2016 - Bats have quite the list of positive effects in our world, from the billions of dollars they save in pesticides to natural pollination and seed spreading. Bats eat about one-half of their body weight in insects each night. We need bats. In honor of our furry, flying mammal friends, consider… Read more

Ecologists Look to Traditional Knowledge to Bolster Sustainability Science

October 19, 2016 - People around the world manipulate ecosystems for their own purposes. It’s what you leave behind when you’re finished working or living in the area that determines whether the ecosystem survives or is irreparably harmed for future generations. For scientists like … Read more

US Forest Service helps educate students at world’s largest conservation event

October 17, 2016 - Approximately 180 middle and high school students joined Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service staff and a host of other conservation-focused professionals from around the world for Student Day at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu. The students were invited to learn about natural resources… Read more

#ForestInFocus – Instagram and Yonder photo challenge

October 14, 2016 - Here’s your chance to help us focus in on your favorite natural wonders. We are asking you to send us those amazing photos that you have taken in America’s backyard, your national forests and grasslands.  These are the things that make outdoor adventures memorable, and the Forest Service wants to… Read more

US Forest Service celebrates historic preservation milestone

October 13, 2016 - It takes a special person to spend two weeks of hard-earned vacation time delicately slicing through layers of soil to unearth the past as part of an archeological dig or hand sawing logs for re-birth of a worn-down historical cabin. The … Read more