Feature Stories

Preparing for the unexpected and expected

January 19, 2018 - Creating forests that can adapt and survive natural disturbances like wildland fires is a core mission of the USDA Forest Service. As has been recently witnessed by millions of TV viewers across the county, forests in California need to be able to bounce back following disturbances so that… Read more

Sustaining the Forests of the Mississippi Headwaters

January 12, 2018 - The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River flow through Camp Ripley, a military facility that serves as the National Guard training center for Minnesota and six surrounding states. Straddling 50 miles of the Mississippi River, the area also includes the watersheds of four major tributary… Read more

The Coming Age of Wood

January 5, 2018 - Some people are just way ahead of their time. In the mid-20th century, when most people thought of wood as an archaic and low-tech material, Egon Glesinger foresaw the revolutionary role it would play in our future, described in his book The Coming Age of Wood. Scientists in the Northern Research… Read more

Art bridges the gap between nature and people

December 18, 2017 - Deborah Finch has always been drawn to streams and rivers, and particularly to the riparian woods full of songbirds, woodpeckers, salamanders, and other native plants and animals found alongside these watercourses. In her youth, Finch who is now scientist with the Read more

From Montana with Light

December 6, 2017 - “Three…two…one!” And with this countdown the journey of three thousand miles for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Montana’s Kootenai National Forest comes to end or just begins for those who have… Read more

The Promise of Biochar for Forests, Grasslands, and Farms

December 3, 2017 - Prehistoric Indians living in the Amazon rain forest often spent their entire lives living and growing crops in one location, a feat accomplished by burning unwanted vegetation and putting the black carbon material into the soil. The resulting Terra Preta, literally meaning black earth soil, of… Read more

US Capitol Christmas Tree and its Big Star Arrives in Washington, D.C.

November 27, 2017 - For many in the D.C. area, the arrival of the towering Capitol Christmas Tree means the holiday season has begun. Every year local residents and tourists from all over the country, as well as delegations from the state that provides the tree, come to view the official lighting of what is fondly… Read more

Innovative new partnership will accelerate much needed restoration work on public and private lands

November 27, 2017 - Decades of aggressive fire suppression have left many Western U.S. forests, like those in California, overgrown and susceptible to wildfires of increasing frequency and severity. These fires endanger lives, communities, and wildlife habitat and compromise both water and air quality. And what many… Read more

Talking Turkey: Forest Service and National Wild Turkey Federation Bringing Back Native Turkey Habitats

November 21, 2017 - Did you know that the wild turkey nearly triumphed over the bald eagle as the symbol of America? Yes, it’s true. Proponents as luminous as Benjamin Franklin once advocated for the turkey to be the symbol on the Great Seal of The United States. That’s all history now, but the turkey remains of… Read more

Growing Opportunities beneath the Tree Canopy

November 15, 2017 - Did you know that some plants prefer to be grown in the shade? Forest farming is an agroforestry practice used to intentionally cultivate plants, mushrooms, and other crops under the forest canopy. This practice allows landowners to… Read more

Fire and bud sprouts: New study looks at how fire affects plants on our national grasslands

November 9, 2017 - Life on our national grasslands, some of the most distinct and treasured ecosystems in the world, depends on regrowth from buds, rather than seeds. Those endless expanses of grass exist because of plant buds, and at this time of year grasses have finished forming buds beneath the earth’s surface,… Read more

Improving urban health through green space

November 2, 2017 - While city living has its share of conveniences, stressors like traffic congestion, pollution, and weakened social ties threaten the health and well-being of many urban dwellers. Such factors can lead to a range of mental and physical health concerns. For example, stress is linked to negative… Read more

Learning Together about America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

October 30, 2017 - Nearly 13,000 miles of river are protected in their free-flowing state under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. These rivers are recognized for their scenic, recreational, historic, or cultural values as well as being home to pristine and unique fish and wildlife habitat. There is no other such… Read more

After the Storm, Who Takes Care of the Trees?

October 26, 2017 - Thousands of federal, state, and private agencies have been deployed to areas that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. These first responders are there to help the people in the storm’s path. However, there is another group of responders that go into storm-ravaged towns to… Read more

Celebrating Bat Benefits during Bat Week!

October 24, 2017 - By the time October comes around, store shelves are stocked with Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations. Bats are often situated among this imagery, whether as silhouettes in the background or as blood-sucking monsters. But bats are none of these things. They are primarily nocturnal, they make… Read more

Wood Energy as a Tool for Forest Restoration

October 18, 2017 - As we celebrate National Bioenergy Day on 18 October, part of National Forest Products Week, we can appreciate the role that wood energy plays in helping to restore forests across the country. Wood energy represents an innovative market for forest material that often cannot find another use. Many… Read more

Protecting the Forest Products Economy and Tortoise Habitat in Georgia

October 16, 2017 - Sansavilla lies at the heart of Georgia’s forest industry. Its well-managed forests annually support more than 130 timber-related jobs and contribute $13.2 million in timber sales and shipments. The area also supports prime habitat for the gopher tortoise, a keystone species found in the sandy… Read more

Strengthening Community Resilience

October 5, 2017 - Sweet sourwood honey flowed, and pickled banana peppers, beets, pearl onions and more stood proud in the Cherokee Fall Festival in Cherokee, North Carolina. There was also stunning, blue ribbon-worthy sewing and needlepoint, plenty of fresh cobs of Indian corn, and vibrant gourds and squash in… Read more