Feature Stories

Chinese Cultural History in the American West Put in Spotlight by Forest Service, Partners

April 11, 2016 - The often-forgotten footprints of Chinese immigrant laborers cover the floor of America’s national forests, railroads and mines. These laborers left behind physical and cultural remnants of the past woven into the fabric of our country. The U.S. Forest Service … Read more

Native American Students Mentored by Forest Service Scientists

April 5, 2016 - The U.S. Forest Service is working with The Wildlife Society to give Native American students a chance to work as research assistants for Forest Service scientists. Forest Service Research and Development funding… Read more

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Populations Begin Rebound

March 30, 2016 - It isn’t often that an endangered species successfully recovers, which is why the story of the red-cockaded woodpecker is so inspiring. Once found throughout 90 million acres of longleaf… Read more

Taking the Heat: A Woman on Fire

March 23, 2016 - No doubt many of the names of women firefighters in the 19th and early 20th centuries have simply been lost to the historical bliss of public records. One woman, who will not be forgotten, shares her path towards an exhilarating career as a fire ecologist. An early account of women employed as… Read more

Celebrating World Water Day along the Eastern Continental Divide

March 22, 2016 - Today, March 22, is World Water Day, and the U.S. Forest Service joins the international community in celebrating water and inspiring good stewardship of this vital resource. Forests are essential to our survival and well-being due in large part to the ecosystem… Read more

Conservation versus Preservation?

March 22, 2016 - Have you ever wondered why your favorite National Park is surrounded by a National Forest? Well, it didn’t happen by accident or guesswork. The fact is, it was all started over 100 years ago by two men I like to refer to as the… Read more

International Day of Forests 2016

March 21, 2016 - March 21, 2016 marks the United Nations’ fourth annual International Day of Forests, a day to celebrate the important and diverse contributions of the world’s forests. As it has from the start, the… Read more

The Building Blocks of Forest Restoration Partnerships

March 16, 2016 - Is it possible to simultaneously promote natural resources conservation and the growth of businesses that impact the environment?  Yes.  One way to do so is through “compensatory mitigation.” Compensatory mitigation is the preservation, restoration and/or establishment of a resource to offset… Read more

A River Runs Through It – An Oregon National Forest at the Heart of a Movement

March 16, 2016 - Oregon’s McKenzie River has a lot to boast about. One of the cleanest and coldest rivers in the country, it’s the most important tributary for wild spring Chinook Salmon and Bull Trout production in the entire Willamette River Basin. It’s part of more than 100 miles of streams that the… Read more

Managing Forests in the Face of Drought – There is Help!

March 16, 2016 - Drought, especially prolonged or severe drought, can be a major stress in forest ecosystems.  Drought can kill trees directly or indirectly through insect attack or wildfire. Both of which are more likely to occur during drought. Tree mortality impacts most of the ecosystem services provided by… Read more

It’s Christmas All Year in Idaho

March 4, 2016 - The annual tradition of providing a Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol got an early start last month at the McCall, Idaho, Winter Carnival. The … Read more

Growing a Daily Dose of Nature for Everyone

March 4, 2016 - Research has shown that positive social benefits, including health and wellness, can come from a simple daily dose of nature. Children with nearby access and views of nature often show fewer symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and increased mental concentration and focus.… Read more

USDA Builds Conservation Partnerships to Restore Forests, Clean Water and Reduce Wildfire Risk

February 24, 2016 - Protecting our National Forests and surrounding lands against a myriad of threats is not an easy feat. That’s why joining forces with the right ally is a powerful strategy. In 2014, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and … Read more

Giant Sequoia Trees Face “Drying” Times

February 17, 2016 - “A mature Giant Sequoia can use 500-800 gallons of water every day during the summer,” said Anthony Ambrose, a tree biologist at U.C. Berkeley. “That’s a lot of water necessary for just one tree.” For the first time in at least 125 years, Giant Sequoias in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of… Read more

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