Feature Stories

Autumn Splendor in the Grasslands

October 4, 2017 - America’s National Grasslands are in full color now as once-a-year blooms like asters, goldenrods, blazing stars, and more take their perennial – and all too fleeting – bows on fall’s stage. Like leaves, grasses and flora give seasonal shout-outs… Read more

Forensics of Forests

October 2, 2017 - Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is any genetic material from an organism released into the surrounding environment. It can come from skin cells shed by a fish into the water or from plant cells cast onto the soil. By collecting this DNA and analyzing it in the lab, biologists learn what plants and… Read more

Learn, Play, Serve on National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2017 - National forests and grasslands deliver countless benefits to the American people. They support economies. They create jobs. They’re home to countless species of fish and wildlife. They offer world-class recreation opportunities. They purify our water and air. The list goes on.   National Public… Read more

Engaging with Tribes is a Win-Win

September 25, 2017 - The U.S Forest Service supports sustainable stewardship of 18 million acres of forest lands on Indian reservations. And of all the acres held in trust for tribes and individuals, nearly 4,000 miles border Forest Service lands. Despite this large amount of… Read more

Go Where the Wild Colors Are

September 21, 2017 - Fall is here, and unlike other seasons of the year, fall never comes in like a lion or a mouse; it just radiates with the beauty of the landscape as it changes to colors of brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. A lot of folks aren’t aware that an amazing change of colors also happens in our… Read more

One can be the deadliest number when it comes to invasive species

September 19, 2017 - When the redbay ambrosia beetle, native to Asia, was first detected in coastal Georgia in 2002, it didn’t set off any alarm bells. All ambrosia beetles carry fungi that serve as a food source for adults and larvae living in tunnels under the bark of host trees and shrubs. Usually, these fungi aren… Read more

Hunting and fishing are pastimes enjoyed by 82 million Americans

September 18, 2017 - There is art in the sport of hunting and fishing, a tradition often borne from the marriage between the need to provide food for the family and the love of the outdoors. For some, it is a deeply rooted and cherished family custom. Others, by comparison, are newcomers. Regardless of where they come… Read more

Strengthening communities by ensuring nature’s benefits

September 15, 2017 - Drinking water, wood products, clean air, foraged foods, scenic vistas. These are some of the things that come to mind when many of us are thinking about nature’s benefits to people. And this is why the U.S. Forest Service works to highlight the connections… Read more

Massive mine clean-up restores landscape; contributes millions to local economy

September 13, 2017 - Deep in the heart of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, above Lake Chelan, a dramatic sight has unfolded for the last five summers as dozens of bulldozers, graders, loaders and excavators worked to reshape a rock-strewn… Read more

How the Forest Service Helped Shape our Nation’s Disaster Preparedness Framework

September 11, 2017 - In 2001, Forest Service Incident Management Teams and crews responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11th with a well-coordinated response of multiple local, state, and federal emergency personnel. Our response to this national crisis… Read more

Cleaning Up Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

August 24, 2017 - Viscous, stratified, and hot to the touch, a five-gallon water tank bubbled with unknown chemicals at an illegal marijuana grow site in California’s San Bernardino National Forest. Marijuana growers most likely planned to use this brew as a… Read more

Ski areas on national forests slowly zipping toward year-round expanded recreation

August 23, 2017 - The 122 ski areas that operate all or partially on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service have long acted as developed gateways to introduce visitors to other recreation activities and benefits, such as hiking, access to cool, clean water or wildlife watching… Read more

While your eyes are on the sky, keep your mind on safety

August 16, 2017 - A solar eclipse is a marvel to behold. Finding yourself in the narrow path where the sun is totally eclipsed is a rare opportunity. On August 21, millions of people are expected to flock to this "… Read more

Planning for the future of America’s forests and rangelands

August 9, 2017 - Wildfire, insect infestations, drought, and disease outbreaks are increasing the vulnerability of forests and rangelands in the U.S.  At the same time, a growing population is increasing demands for goods and services from these ecosystems. Seeking to identify and address these concerns, the U.S.… Read more

Turning Up the Heat – Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

July 27, 2017 - Wood buildings provide an array of economic and environmental benefits to their communities, and interest in capitalizing on those benefits by constructing mid to high-rise buildings using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing. CLT is made from layers of dried lumber boards stacked in… Read more

Coming Together for Healthy People and Places in Metro Denver

July 19, 2017 - The Metro Denver Area – seven counties along Colorado’s Front Range – is full of nature and people, and growing rapidly. Consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, Metro Denver is home to… Read more

How Cold Climate Communities Eat and Heat Locally

July 12, 2017 - Alaska’s Southeast Island School District operates four bioenergy-heated greenhouses in Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati Bay, and Coffman Cove. Each greenhouse provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria and surrounding communities, jobs for district students, and an opportunity for teachers to… Read more

Your Next Trip to the Great Outdoors Helps the Economy

July 5, 2017 - When a family packs up their car for a trip out to their national forests and grasslands, they create more than just memories. They create jobs. Nearly three-quarters of Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland. Every year national forests and grasslands receive nearly 150… Read more

Canoeing Across Urban America: Coming to a City Near You

June 22, 2017 - Millions of people across the country set out each year to find the perfect spot to partake in their favorite outdoor activity, often traveling to remote places far from the bustle of city life. And many folks know that forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service are home to some of… Read more

Don’t Spoil Summer Fun by Forgetting Safety

June 19, 2017 - The U.S. Forest Service has 193 million acres of beautiful national forests and grasslands for all of us to visit and summer is a great time to do get outside and enjoy them. The… Read more