Feature Stories

USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement Investigators Support Drug Take Back Event

November 13, 2018 - By Michael Lofton   Prescription drug and opioid abuse has become a tragic epidemic with tremendous social and economic impacts, affecting communities and families of all sizes and from all socio-economic backgrounds.   “The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “… Read more

Scientists bring back the good earth

November 8, 2018 - “You can’t have a forest without a foundation of quality soil,” said Debbie Page-Dumroese, a soil scientist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky… Read more

Can You Claim Timber Damages from Hurricane or Fires on Your Taxes?

November 2, 2018 - By Linda Wang, Cooperative Forestry 2018 was another record year of hurricanes and fires, which have inflicted huge economic losses to timber landowners as well as homeowners with landscape trees.   The good news is that landowners may be able to deduct eligible losses on their tax returns, which… Read more

Devastating Fire Season Inspires Restoration Collaboration in the Spirit of Shared Stewardship

October 31, 2018 - Posted by Margee Haines, Cooperative Forestry, and Josh McDaniel   The summer of 2015 was exceptionally hot and dry in northern Idaho. Fuel moistures had dropped to alarming levels, and when a series of lightning storms moved across the region in early August, hundreds of fires flared up. A group… Read more

Celebrating Bat Benefits during Bat Week

October 24, 2018 - On August 10 of this year, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaimed October 24 through 31 to be National Bat Week. The Secretary’s proclamation was followed by proclamations from the governors of West… Read more

The Forest Service celebrates cross laminated timber during Forest Products Week

October 22, 2018 - From October 21-27, 2018, we celebrate the value of America’s forests and recognize how vital they are to our well-being and national prosperity during National Forest Products… Read more

Revolutionary carbon foam from wood

October 18, 2018 - Carbon foam—a stiff, porous structure formed from a web of carbon atoms—is the stuff of manufacturers’ dreams. The breakthrough material is strong but lightweight, non-flammable and able to maintain its performance at high temperatures, and capable of absorbing sound and radiation. This unique… Read more

Rivers and trails connect people to the outdoors

October 5, 2018 - Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law two landmark pieces of legislation: the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act. These Acts created the system of rivers and… Read more

Thriving Forests Mean Thriving Communities

October 1, 2018 - “From birth to death, natural resources, transformed for human use, feed, clothe, shelter, and transport us. Upon them we depend for every material necessity, comfort, convenience, and protection in our lives. Without abundant resources prosperity is out of reach.” Gifford Pinchot, first chief of… Read more

25 Years of National Public Lands Day

September 24, 2018 - For 25 years, National Public Lands Day has brought together thousands of people to donate their time, talent, and passion to support America’s public lands. It’s celebrated the fourth Saturday of September, but volunteer events and celebrations are… Read more

Projecting lumber demand in the U.S. and abroad

September 7, 2018 - “Lumber and economic growth are tightly connected,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Jeffrey Prestemon. “At a certain rate of GDP growth, you get a certain path of lumber consumption.” Prestemon recently led a study that projects softwood lumber demand under different economic growth scenarios… Read more

The people in national wildland fire management are the best in the world

August 31, 2018 - Boise, Idaho is famous among college football fans for the blue turf on the Boise State University Broncos’ field. But in wildland fire management circles, the city is just as well-known as home of the National Interagency Fire Center, or NIFC. In fact, NIFC is… Read more

Where there’s fire there’s smoke and it’s bad for your health

August 24, 2018 - Deadly and destructive wildland fires consuming so much of the West, from California all the way to British Columbia, are not only affecting those who have had to flee but those who are downwind of these massive infernos. Smoke from this year’s summer wildfires have delayed air traffic in the… Read more

Speaking for Turtles - Working to Increase Turtle Populations

August 20, 2018 - Located in northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has been called home by many species of turtles. The wood turtle, which resides in this forest, is classified as a Species of… Read more

How the Forest Service restores public lands now and in the future

August 10, 2018 - More than 80 million acres of national forests are at risk from insect infestations, the impacts of prolonged drought, and the too frequent devastation caused by catastrophic wildfire. And the USDA Forest Service has a responsibility to the American public to… Read more

Weeds, trees, and property lines and good neighbors

August 3, 2018 - I once lived in a home where fighting lawn weeds seemed a never-ending task. This was a new housing development. Pickets tied with bits of pink ribbon still clearly showed where our property began and ended, and they were handy for helping me determine where I could put in my fence and where I… Read more

Before these caterpillars become moths, they unite to destroy forests

July 23, 2018 - A caterpillar that’s been rarely observed in the wild is about to join with another species of inch worms to wreak destruction upon two national forests in New Mexico. The culprit, called Janet’s looper… Read more

Forest Service trails are where adventures begin

July 20, 2018 - Journeys can lead us to destinations of breathtaking beauty, test our courage, and challenge the limits of our endurance. It all starts with your first step on a wilderness trail. The USDA Forest Service offers lots of opportunities for this type of adventure.… Read more

Illegal Marijuana Sites Can’t Hide from Science

July 11, 2018 -
The problem of illegal marijuana farms on national forests is, pardon the pun, growing. Although marijuana is now legal in California and other parts of the U.S., illegal marijuana growing is still a billion dollar industry with international tentacles. “Twenty years ago the people who… Read more

Cooperative Forestry Act Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Private Forest Owners

June 29, 2018 - When most people think of forested lands in our country what comes to mind are public wild lands like the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon or the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. But the reality is most forests in America, nearly sixty percent… Read more