Feature Stories

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


Forest Service Every Kid in a Park Program Offers Field Trip Idea, Educational Resources – and a Free Holiday Tree Permit

November 3, 2016 - For the second year, the U.S. Forest Service is part of the administration’s Every Kid in a Park program, an initiative to provide American fourth graders with a free pass to more than 2,000 federal land and water sites for them, their siblings and up to three… Read more


Looking to the Future and Learning from the Past in our National Forests

November 3, 2016 - Forests are changing in ways they’ve never experienced before because today’s growing conditions are different from anything in the past. The climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, exotic diseases and pests are present, and landscapes are fragmented by human activity often occurring at the… Read more


Join the Bat Squad and Pull for Bats during Bat Week

October 24, 2016 - Bats have quite the list of positive effects in our world, from the billions of dollars they save in pesticides to natural pollination and seed spreading. Bats eat about one-half of their body weight in insects each night. We need bats. In honor of our furry, flying mammal friends, consider… Read more


Ecologists Look to Traditional Knowledge to Bolster Sustainability Science

October 19, 2016 - People around the world manipulate ecosystems for their own purposes. It’s what you leave behind when you’re finished working or living in the area that determines whether the ecosystem survives or is irreparably harmed for future generations. For scientists like … Read more


US Forest Service helps educate students at world’s largest conservation event

October 17, 2016 - Approximately 180 middle and high school students joined Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service staff and a host of other conservation-focused professionals from around the world for Student Day at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu. The students were invited to learn about natural resources… Read more


#ForestInFocus – Instagram and Yonder photo challenge

October 14, 2016 - Here’s your chance to help us focus in on your favorite natural wonders. We are asking you to send us those amazing photos that you have taken in America’s backyard, your national forests and grasslands.  These are the things that make outdoor adventures memorable, and the Forest Service wants to… Read more


US Forest Service celebrates historic preservation milestone

October 13, 2016 - It takes a special person to spend two weeks of hard-earned vacation time delicately slicing through layers of soil to unearth the past as part of an archeological dig or hand sawing logs for re-birth of a worn-down historical cabin. The … Read more


Getting a New Perspective on the Great Lakes’ Water Quality

October 11, 2016 - The Great Lakes cover over 95,000 square miles and contain trillions of gallons of water. These vestiges of the last Ice Age define immense. But their greatness makes water quality monitoring difficult. In 2010, Titus Seilheimer, a … Read more


Brown Bat Found in Washington State Infected with Familiar Strain of Fungus

October 6, 2016 - When a little brown bat discovered near North Bend, Washington, in March tested positive for White-nose Syndrome or WNS, scientists had a lot of questions. The bat was found nearly 1,300 miles from the nearest confirmed case of WNS in eastern North America, so the most pressing question was about… Read more


New and Improved Tools Help Adapt Forests to Changing Conditions

October 5, 2016 - Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for forest ecosystems across the world. Many impacts are expected to remain into the future.  This means forest managers, conservationists and woodland owners continually need to address climate change to ensure forests can… Read more


Keeping Animals Connected All Over the World

October 4, 2016 - The landscape modeling expertise Samuel Cushman provides as a research ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station is in demand worldwide as human-caused disturbances impact animal distribution, connectivity and survival. Whether it’s clouded leopards in Borneo, lions in… Read more


New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA

September 28, 2016 - The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird that lives in the American West’s sagebrush landscape. It’s also a species at the center of a nationwide debate focused on how best to manage its habitat to balance multiple uses and ensure the bird’s long-term survival. And the dialogue has just been… Read more


Centennial Job Corps Students Support Firefighting Preparedness through Camp Crew

September 27, 2016 - In the back parking lot of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), seven workers wear neon green shirts with the Camp Crew logo written across the back. And they stand out. They are young and their bright T-shirts contrast with those of the more seasoned… Read more