Feature Stories

Proactive Fuel Breaks Protect Nearly $1 Billion in Homes, Infrastructure During Colorado Wildfire

June 29, 2018 -
When the Buffalo Fire sparked on the White River National Forest on June 12, the flames stopped short of nearly 1,400 residences near Silverthorne, Colorado. But, it wasn’t just the air support from firefighting helicopters and… Read more

Want to help bees? Take a break from lawn mowing

June 20, 2018 - Across the globe, native bee species are having trouble. Populations of bees have experienced severe declines that are largely attributed to the loss of habitat. If you have a lawn, you may be able to reverse this trend: All you have to do is be a little lazy and, depending on your neighborhood,… Read more

Private Investment Will Jump Start Rural Economy

June 15, 2018 - Ringed by miles of abandoned coal mines, the Wayne National Forest is surrounded by some of the most economically distressed communities in southern Ohio. A unique partnership with private investors, local leaders, a university, and nonprofit partners is… Read more

Our Drinking Water and Forest Service Research

June 7, 2018 - Behind every drop of water from the tap is an entire forest ecosystem. And while it’s easy to take drinking water for granted, you might be surprised to learn that the nation’s largest single source of waterRead more

Death of Bald Eagle Yields Life Lessons for West Virginia Students

June 1, 2018 - Most educators agree that experiential learning makes a more lasting impression on students than classroom lectures. It’s the reason why Cindy Bryant and Greg Phillips, both teachers from Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, WV, put in the hard work to organize an overnight field trip for… Read more

A living memorial to mitigate wildfire risk

May 25, 2018 - On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire – the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 80 years – broke out in Arizona’s Yavapai County, killing 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters. Since then, local residents and land managers have taken steps… Read more

The Many Benefits of Energy Development on Forest Service Lands

May 21, 2018 - When you think of energy and mineral production, you don’t normally think about the USDA Forest Service. Green mountainsides, birch tree canopies, or pine-lined roadways may come to mind. But, underneath those forests and grasslands lies a wealth of energy and mineral resources. These mineral and… Read more

2018 Predicted to be Challenging Wildfire Year

May 11, 2018 - Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen briefed members of Congress yesterday on… Read more

A Food Forest Grows in Atlanta

May 4, 2018 - The USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP) partners with local governments, Indian tribes, and qualified nonprofit organizations to acquire and… Read more

Why the USDA Forest Service Monitors Air Quality during Wildland Fires

May 3, 2018 - Air Quality Awareness Week raises mindfulness about the importance of air quality issues. The USDA Forest Service commemorates the week and its 2018 theme “Air Quality Where You Are” with partners. This year, the Forest Service is featuring one… Read more

Where Your Front Door Meets the Forest

April 19, 2018 - How to make your home Firewise. (From www.firewise.org)  More and more communities are now near or within forests. In fact the area where unoccupied land and human development meet has a name and it’s called the Wildland Urban Interface, or WUI. The WUI is the most challenging area of the… Read more

Tribal Members Trained and Hired to Hunt for Resources of Cultural Value

April 13, 2018 - White Mountain Apache tribal member Gregg Henry hiked along the southwest landscape of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona with the specific intention to identify and record sacred places. “I’m Apache. I’m from here,” Henry said. “I know… Read more

Helping Forestland Owners Navigate the Tax Code

April 6, 2018 - Since Congress overhauled the federal tax code in December 2017, forest landowners and timber business owners have scrambled to figure out how the new changes will affect them in 2018. Fortunately, USDA Forest Service Forest Taxation… Read more

Blast Testing Shows CLT Can Take the Heat

April 2, 2018 - At the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), researchers sometimes get a little destructive. They bend and break wood samples of all sizes, and even… Read more

International Day of Forests and Egypt’s Bright Food Future

March 22, 2018 - International Day of Forests is a day to celebrate the significant contributions of the world’s forests. The U.S. Forest Service commemorates the day and its 2018 theme “… Read more

Finding low-cost way to produce a high-value product

March 19, 2018 - Measuring one million times less than the width of a human hair, graphene is harder than diamonds and 200 times stronger than steel. Small, strong, and flexible, it is the most conductive material on earth and has the potential to charge a cell phone in just five seconds or to upload a terabit of… Read more

Improving the resiliency and productivity of farmlands through agroforestry

March 7, 2018 - When Holly and Barry Mawby arrived on their farm in Esmond, North Dakota in 2011, they discovered windbreaks that had not been cared for in decades. They quickly realized that they were in jeopardy of losing what little protection they had from the brutal winds.  Farmers are challenged by ever-… Read more

How the Military Helps Protect Natural Landscapes

February 21, 2018 - Home to the premier restricted military airspace for unmanned aircraft system training in the western U.S., Army base Fort Huachuca supports training for personnel from the Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. Border Patrol. But it also serves as an example… Read more

New tool helps California land managers predict tree mortality

February 5, 2018 - From 2006 through 2016, more than 100 million trees died in California due to the combined impacts of drought and bark beetles. Although tree mortality is part of… Read more

Tracking forest sustainability to meet U.S. and international goals

January 29, 2018 - Sustaining the nation’s forests to provide lasting benefits to the people of the United States is at the core of the USDA Forest Service’s mission, and the agency is building the tools and data to support this mission. Specifically, Forest Service scientists… Read more