Feature Stories

Getting a New Perspective on the Great Lakes’ Water Quality

October 11, 2016 - The Great Lakes cover over 95,000 square miles and contain trillions of gallons of water. These vestiges of the last Ice Age define immense. But their greatness makes water quality monitoring difficult. In 2010, Titus Seilheimer, a … Read more

Brown Bat Found in Washington State Infected with Familiar Strain of Fungus

October 6, 2016 - When a little brown bat discovered near North Bend, Washington, in March tested positive for White-nose Syndrome or WNS, scientists had a lot of questions. The bat was found nearly 1,300 miles from the nearest confirmed case of WNS in eastern North America, so the most pressing question was about… Read more

New and Improved Tools Help Adapt Forests to Changing Conditions

October 5, 2016 - Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for forest ecosystems across the world. Many impacts are expected to remain into the future.  This means forest managers, conservationists and woodland owners continually need to address climate change to ensure forests can… Read more

Keeping Animals Connected All Over the World

October 4, 2016 - The landscape modeling expertise Samuel Cushman provides as a research ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station is in demand worldwide as human-caused disturbances impact animal distribution, connectivity and survival. Whether it’s clouded leopards in Borneo, lions in… Read more

New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA

September 28, 2016 - The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird that lives in the American West’s sagebrush landscape. It’s also a species at the center of a nationwide debate focused on how best to manage its habitat to balance multiple uses and ensure the bird’s long-term survival. And the dialogue has just been… Read more

Centennial Job Corps Students Support Firefighting Preparedness through Camp Crew

September 27, 2016 - In the back parking lot of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), seven workers wear neon green shirts with the Camp Crew logo written across the back. And they stand out. They are young and their bright T-shirts contrast with those of the more seasoned… Read more

Forest Service Brings People Together for National Public Lands Day

September 23, 2016 - Organizing the largest single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands in the country, National Public Lands Day, is no easy feat for the U.S. Forest Service. That’s 40 days of volunteer projects,… Read more

Seeing is believing

September 22, 2016 - Summer is over and that means the colors of autumn begin. Fall is perhaps one of the most beautiful times of the year in North America and every year the U.S. Forest Service celebrates with the launch of our Fall Colors… Read more

Be a Fire Wise know it all

September 20, 2016 - You’ve heard this from us during previous fire seasons, and you’ll continue to hear it from us every fire season: You can never be Fire Wise enough. And, with this being National Preparedness Month, you’re… Read more

Remembrance, Recovery, and Resilience: 9/11 Memorials in NYC Metropolitan Landscapes

September 12, 2016 - As we approach the 15th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 or 9/11, our thoughts return to that day and many of us will revisit public spaces designed to promote healing and emotional recovery from the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. The memories of the victims are cemented in our… Read more

Unique Mural Captures Essence of the Sustainable Recreation Movement

September 1, 2016 - Recently, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited the agency’s Southwestern Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM, to review the status of a number of different programs.… Read more

Drought in the Northern Forests?

August 31, 2016 - When I hear the word drought I imagine dusty rangelands and drying lakes. But it’s hard to imagine tumbleweeds blowing through the Northern Forests of the Midwest and Northeast regions. In… Read more

Citizen Science is Sound Science Provided by You

August 19, 2016 - Have you ever seen a cool bird in your backyard and wondered if there was some way to share what you saw with others? Better yet, have you thought about sharing your observations and having them used to help study and conserve those birds? These thoughts are an indicator that you might have the… Read more

49 Historic Sites in the 49th State

August 16, 2016 - This year America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Alaska was still celebrating its first decade of statehood when the Preservation Act was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. Since then, the… Read more

Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s statement on the loss of Hotshot Firefighter

August 15, 2016 - We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Justin Beebe, a firefighter with the Lolo Interagency Hotshot Crew based in Missoula, Montana.  Justin lost his life Saturday, August 13, while fighting the Strawberry Fire in Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Our deepest condolences go out to… Read more

Unauthorized Drones Near a Wildfire can Cost and Kill

August 10, 2016 - Recreational drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems sometimes called UAS have become increasingly popular in the past few years. While this is an interesting hobby and can allow you to get beautiful aerial photography, some activities pose a significant hazard.… Read more

The Science Behind Fire

August 9, 2016 - In recent months, we have all become familiar with images in the media of wildland firefighters digging lines, air tankers dropping retardant and fire engines dispersing water. You may wonder “how do these firefighters know what it takes to fight fire?” The short answer is: research. Before a… Read more

Forest Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act

August 4, 2016 - Signed by President Lyndon Johnson fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act marked a fundamental shift in how Americans and the federal government regarded the role of historic preservation in modern life. The … Read more

Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Nation’s Watershed Health

July 27, 2016 - What do adventurers, microplastics, and your national forests have in common? Water. Our national forests and the glaciers, lakes, and rivers running through them form the headwaters for the majority of America’s drinking water. This includes many of our big cities and growing urban centers, even… Read more

Cold War Heroes Honored by U.S. Forest Service

July 21, 2016 - The Cold War was called a war for a reason—many died in the defense of democracy and free markets. To honor those who died in the Cold War era, which lasted for more than 40 years, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National… Read more