Feature Stories

One Guy’s Summer Jobs Experience with the Forest Service

April 22, 2013 - If you’re a student who likes fresh air, scenic vistas, hiking and camping, the U.S. Forest Service might have the perfect job for you. This year, some units of the Forest Service have been hosting one-day recruiting fairs that teach high school and college… Read more

Women’s History Month – Forest Service Scientist Shows Grace and Compassion While Working her Way to the Top

April 22, 2013 - As the oldest of 11 children, Barbara C. Weber is accustomed to being the “first.” With top family ranking comes responsibility, and Weber had plenty of it. Growing up on her family’s 160-acre dairy farm in Bloomington, Wis., Weber, along with her siblings, helped clean the barn, pick up eggs and… Read more

Smokey Bear on Ice — a Winning Combination

April 22, 2013 - A team of volunteers from the Payette National Forest have sculpted “Smokey’s Magic” a 12-foot high, 3 foot deep sculpture of Smokey Bear in a wizard’s cloak with snowball in hand for the popular Winter Carnival in nearby McCall, Idaho.   The Forest… Read more

When a Tree is More than Just Pretty

April 22, 2013 - Many people like to add trees to their landscaping to enhance the design of a well-planned yard. But, it can mean so much more. Planting trees on your property can lower energy costs and increase carbon storage, reducing your carbon footprint while making your home the show-stopper of the… Read more

Forest Service Chief Tidwell Delivers Pinchot Distinguished Lecture

April 22, 2013 - More than 108 years have passed since Gifford Pinchot became chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Yet today, with Tom Tidwell filling that role in a very different era, some of the same issues persist, along with others… Read more

Tax Guide Updated for Forest Landowners

April 22, 2013 - The updated Forest Landowners’ Guide to the Federal Income Tax is now available online and includes updated information on Federal income tax as it pertains to timber and forest land planning. “The main purpose of this guide is to foster… Read more

People’s Garden in Ohio Provides Habitat for Native Pollinators

April 22, 2013 - Next time you’re in the Midwest  and thinking of hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking or horseback riding, visit the Wayne National Forest in the hills of southeastern Ohio. It’s there you’ll find more than 300 miles of trails to do those… Read more

Forest Service Recognizes United Nations’ International Day of Forests

April 22, 2013 - Try going one full day without using a product derived from a tree. You won’t be able to use a pencil or paper or sit on your couch or at a desk. You won’t be able to check the mail or drink coffee while reading the newspaper. Trees are important for everyone around the world, and now the U.N. has… Read more

Innovative i-Tree Spreads Worldwide

April 22, 2013 - When Dave Nowak of the U.S. Forest Service and Scott Maco of Davey Tree Expert Company began collaborating on the creation of a suite of urban forest analysis tools called i-Tree, they imagined that users would be mostly… Read more

Smokey Bear Hug Warms the Heart of Young Virginia Boy Battling Cancer

April 22, 2013 - Six-year-old Nathan Norman counts Smokey Bear as one of his new best friends. The Rustburg, Va., boy recently met Smokey and a number of wildland firefighters and law enforcement officers from the… Read more

Forest Service Helps Restore Fish to Oregon Stream

April 22, 2013 - After nearly a century, a five-mile stretch of the Lower Oak Grove Fork of Oregon’s Clackamas River will have native fish swimming year-round in this restored stream once again. Early in the 20th century, the growing communities around Portland needed hydroelectric power. The Oak Grove Fork dam,… Read more

Break Away with the Kids for Spring Outdoor Activities

April 22, 2013 - Spring is here, and spring break is just around the corner or already underway. For parents everywhere trying to figure out how to keep their children amused, the answer can be simple: Get them outside! Spring is a great time to watch birds collect materials to build nests or to check out the buds… Read more

Great Lakes Greenhouse Gives Native Plants a Second Chance

April 22, 2013 - Biologists have long recognized the important role native plants play in maintaining a healthy forest. When native plants are crowded out by invasive plants, those native species can suffer to the point of extinction. Since the early 1990s, the Hiawatha… Read more

Forest Service Chief Tidwell Tours New York City’s Urban Forests

April 22, 2013 - When most people think of urban forestry in New York, they usually evoke Central Park, Frederick Olmstead’s crown jewel that covers 843 acres in the middle of bustling Manhattan. Most people, however, would only have a small part of the overall picture  – New York City manages 29,000 acres of… Read more

Who Says Research Can’t be Fun?

April 22, 2013 - If Morgan Grove had 30 seconds to brief any high-level official, he would simply describe his job as working to make cities better and safer places for people to live. “Our Forest Service research benefits the public in many ways — including having clean water to drink, safer living environments… Read more

Wasp watchers effective in ash borer search, study finds

April 15, 2013 - Volunteer wasp watchers represent an effective force multiplier in the early detection of the ash-killing, invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer, according to “Qualitative Analysis of Wasp Watchers,” a study posted on the Social Science… Read more

Moving Harper’s beauty off road

April 15, 2013 - The first week of March found a team of plant biologists down on their knees in a highway right-of-way in the Florida Panhandle searching for Harper’s beauty, one of Florida’s rarest native plants. A perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves,… Read more

Biting down on the origin of a tooth

April 15, 2013 - The big female sniffed at the dry Late Cretaceous air as she trotted – delicately, considering her 7-ton frame – along a game trail through a stand of towering conifers, whose needled lower branches trembled… Read more

A Day in Your Life with Invasive Species

April 15, 2013 - USDA has proclaimed April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to consider how invasive species can crawl, swarm or ooze their way into your daily life.  The fact is, invasive pests and diseases hunger for many of the same things we enjoy each day.  … Read more

USDA Seeks Applicants for Loan Funds to Create Rural Jobs

April 15, 2013 - Applications are being accepted starting today from qualified non-profit and public organizations (intermediaries) to provide loans to create jobs by promoting new business development. Funding will be made available… Read more