Feature Stories

Forest Service Brings People Together for National Public Lands Day

September 23, 2016 - Organizing the largest single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands in the country, National Public Lands Day, is no easy feat for the U.S. Forest Service. That’s 40 days of volunteer projects,… Read more


Seeing is believing

September 22, 2016 - Summer is over and that means the colors of autumn begin. Fall is perhaps one of the most beautiful times of the year in North America and every year the U.S. Forest Service celebrates with the launch of our Fall Colors… Read more


Be a Fire Wise know it all

September 20, 2016 - You’ve heard this from us during previous fire seasons, and you’ll continue to hear it from us every fire season: You can never be Fire Wise enough. And, with this being National Preparedness Month, you’re… Read more


Remembrance, Recovery, and Resilience: 9/11 Memorials in NYC Metropolitan Landscapes

September 12, 2016 - As we approach the 15th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 or 9/11, our thoughts return to that day and many of us will revisit public spaces designed to promote healing and emotional recovery from the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. The memories of the victims are cemented in our… Read more


Unique Mural Captures Essence of the Sustainable Recreation Movement

September 1, 2016 - Recently, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited the agency’s Southwestern Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM, to review the status of a number of different programs.… Read more


Drought in the Northern Forests?

August 31, 2016 - When I hear the word drought I imagine dusty rangelands and drying lakes. But it’s hard to imagine tumbleweeds blowing through the Northern Forests of the Midwest and Northeast regions. In… Read more


Citizen Science is Sound Science Provided by You

August 19, 2016 - Have you ever seen a cool bird in your backyard and wondered if there was some way to share what you saw with others? Better yet, have you thought about sharing your observations and having them used to help study and conserve those birds? These thoughts are an indicator that you might have the… Read more


49 Historic Sites in the 49th State

August 16, 2016 - This year America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Alaska was still celebrating its first decade of statehood when the Preservation Act was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. Since then, the… Read more


Forest Service Chief Tidwell’s statement on the loss of Hotshot Firefighter

August 15, 2016 - We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Justin Beebe, a firefighter with the Lolo Interagency Hotshot Crew based in Missoula, Montana.  Justin lost his life Saturday, August 13, while fighting the Strawberry Fire in Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Our deepest condolences go out to… Read more


Unauthorized Drones Near a Wildfire can Cost and Kill

August 10, 2016 - Recreational drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems sometimes called UAS have become increasingly popular in the past few years. While this is an interesting hobby and can allow you to get beautiful aerial photography, some activities pose a significant hazard.… Read more


The Science Behind Fire

August 9, 2016 - In recent months, we have all become familiar with images in the media of wildland firefighters digging lines, air tankers dropping retardant and fire engines dispersing water. You may wonder “how do these firefighters know what it takes to fight fire?” The short answer is: research. Before a… Read more


Forest Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act

August 4, 2016 - Signed by President Lyndon Johnson fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act marked a fundamental shift in how Americans and the federal government regarded the role of historic preservation in modern life. The … Read more


Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Nation’s Watershed Health

July 27, 2016 - What do adventurers, microplastics, and your national forests have in common? Water. Our national forests and the glaciers, lakes, and rivers running through them form the headwaters for the majority of America’s drinking water. This includes many of our big cities and growing urban centers, even… Read more


Cold War Heroes Honored by U.S. Forest Service

July 21, 2016 - The Cold War was called a war for a reason—many died in the defense of democracy and free markets. To honor those who died in the Cold War era, which lasted for more than 40 years, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National… Read more


State fish art program offer lessons on understanding aquatic conservation

July 20, 2016 - {"fid":"41696","view_mode":"fs_width_0424px","fields":{"format":"fs_width_0424px","field_fs_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"A photo of a largemouth bass, as drawn by 12th grader Nasa Xu from Katy, Texas","field_fs_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_fs_image_caption[und][0][value]":"A… Read more


Climate change, local communities and the Forest Service

July 19, 2016 - The phrase think globally and act locally has guided generations of people dedicated to improving the environment and creating social change. And this approach still works in the intermountain West. Last May, the Sawtooth National Forest sponsored a… Read more


Forest Service Ready for Western Wildfire Season

July 6, 2016 - While it is always fire season somewhere in the U.S. the largest wildfires typically occur during the summer months in the West. As peak western fire season approaches, firefighters have already been busy responding to the more than 8,500 wildfires that have burned approximately one million acres… Read more


Alaska Beavers Entertain Web Cam Viewers Around the World

July 5, 2016 - Two beavers sleep peacefully in their den on Steep Creek in Juneau, Alaska, never realizing they are being watched via a hidden infrared camera. Hundreds of viewers tune-in to a live video feed on theU.S.… Read more


Wildlife Underpass to Benefit Animals, Drivers

June 27, 2016 - Every year in the U.S. roughly 200 people are killed in as many as 2 million wildlife-vehicle collisions and at a cost of more than $8 billion, according to the Western Transportation Institute. But the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station… Read more


Pollinator Week: Celebrating Blue Butterflies on the Great Lakes

June 22, 2016 - In honor of National Pollinator Week, the U.S. Forest Service joins organizations and individuals across the world to celebrate pollinators and share ways to help them survive and thrive. Pollinators are… Read more