Feature Stories

The People Who Make U.S. National Wildland Fire Management the Best in the World

June 9, 2017 - 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. NIFC… Read more

When your community is on the fire line

June 1, 2017 - Reducing fire risk is not the responsibility of one agency or group, but of everyone who lives and works in a community. And it’s important to remember that wildland fire is a natural process within certain ecosystem. However, large wildfires, more prevalent in recent years, can threaten lives and… Read more

From Trees to Paper – And the Many Benefits Our National Forests Provide

May 16, 2017 - Our national forest lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service offer many benefits. For instance, they provide great recreation, beautiful vistas to take-in nature and help keep our air and water clean. Trees have been on earth for millions of years and provide… Read more

Caring for the Land and Serving People through Agroforestry

April 19, 2017 - People become interested in agroforestry for a wide range of reasons including improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, reducing soil erosion, and increasing crop and livestock production. Agroforestry, the intentional combination of trees with crops or livestock, is designed to… Read more

Protecting the Marten with Citizen Science

April 17, 2017 - Martens are a larger relative of the weasel with a cute face and bushy tail. They have roamed the coastal mountain regions including the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park for centuries, but recent sightings have drastically declined.… Read more

Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water

April 10, 2017 - Culverts provide an abundance of benefits to us every day. They allow us to pass over water, and for fish and wildlife to pass beneath us. And they allow us to go about our daily lives and ideally, for fish and wildlife to do the same. But when they’re badly designed, the results can be disastrous… Read more

Build Better, Stronger, Faster with CLT

April 6, 2017 - The U.S. Forest Service is working to build markets for innovative forest products. One of these products, cross-laminated timber, also known as CLT, offers an opportunity for Read more

Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires

March 23, 2017 - What if there was an endless fuel source that came from widely available natural waste products? And what if converting these products to energy supported tens of thousands of rural jobs? Wood can be just that fuel. In many places, it already is. The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand… Read more

The Benefits of Helping Great Plains Trees - One Diagnosis at a Time

March 10, 2017 - It began as a causal conversation in a hotel lobby in Kansas. After a day of discussions during the annual meeting of the Great Plains Tree Pest Council, the after-hours talk turned to the idea of updating the 1986 … Read more

Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

February 16, 2017 - When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry,… Read more

Selecting Trees to Grow in Cities: Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes, Growth Rates Across US

January 9, 2017 - In the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. But now city planners and urban foresters have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare. The U.S. Forest… Read more

Canoemobile inspires future conservation leaders!

January 4, 2017 - A young girl looks fearfully at the large wooden canoe bobbing on the water. She steps into the canoe and it moves. She yelps, and is given a reassuring smile by her boat captain. She gets settled holding her paddle tightly, convinced with every movement that the canoe will capsize. The canoe… Read more

The brightest gem in Washington isn’t the Hope Diamond it’s the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

December 7, 2016 - The American public doesn’t have to sneak a peek at the Christmas present the U.S. Forest Service has given them this year because it’s on full display just below the U.S. Capitol dome on the building’s West Lawn. A gift from the Forest Service’s… Read more

A dazzling gem from Idaho arrives on Capitol Hill

November 28, 2016 - You know Christmas is right around the corner when images of the U.S.  Capitol Christmas Tree being hoisted from a very long tractor trailer show up on your social media apps and on TV. An ongoing American tradition since 1964, this year, the… Read more

Improving Wild Turkey Habitat one leg at a time

November 22, 2016 - The history of Thanksgiving often brings to mind images of Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal with the main course being the still favored table fare of today, the humble turkey. Although most of us know the founding story of Thanksgiving, not many of us know the history of the iconic… Read more

Wily coyotes continue to thrive in the Southeast at the expense of deer populations

November 22, 2016 - Coyotes began migrating eastward throughout the latter half of the 20th Century. Once restricted to the western plains, they now occupy most of the continent and have invaded farms and cities, where they have expanded their diet to include squirrels, household pets and discarded fast food. Land-use… Read more

Aviation History Month: Aircraft and Paratroopers in the Forest Service

November 18, 2016 - It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the U.S. Forest Service relies heavily on fixed wing and rotary aircraft to accomplish the agency’s mission. Employees take to the skies for forest inventory surveys, prescribed fire support, firefighting or to get to remote… Read more

Digitally discover your public lands using the new Forest Service Visitor Map

November 16, 2016 - There are few better ways to plan your get away on a national forests or grasslands than to use the Forest Service’s online Visitor Map. With thousands of recreation areas, roads and an increasing number of trail systems, you can digitally explore and plan… Read more

The best of #ForestinFocus photo challenge

November 9, 2016 - We want to thank everyone who participated in our #ForestInFocus photo challenge. Because of your enthusiastic response and amazing submissions we can share the wonders of our National forests and grasslands from your point of view.  From breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, to awe-inspiring… Read more

Shaping Forests from the Bottom Up: It’s All About Root Disease

November 8, 2016 - The old proverb: “You can’t see the forest for the trees” should have continued with a line saying that it’s even harder to see below the trees. Because seeing under trees, their root system to be exact, is how scientists understand and appreciate the things that will determine what we all see in… Read more