Feature Stories

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

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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

Get Outdoors and Enjoy the Age-Old Tradition of Ghost Stories by the Campfire

June 16, 2016 - Shadows start falling fast while you scurry to gather the last scraps of dead wood before it’s too dark – and too scary – to leave the relative security of the campsite on your favorite National Forest or Grassland. But, once the fire is safely lit, everyone gathers around to start roasting… Read more

Knitting Together Treasured Landscapes with the Forest Legacy Program

June 14, 2016 - Did you know the Forest Legacy Program is the only federal grant program focused on the permanent protection of important private forestland, conserving over 2.5 million acres to date? This incentive-based and voluntary program… Read more

Forest Service Waives Fees for National Get Outdoors Day – June 11

June 6, 2016 - In an era of social media mania, forests around the country are opening their doors to reacquaint kids and parents with good old fashion family fun—without the aid of modern technology. On Saturday, June 11, the U.S. Forest Service invites families to join… Read more

The Wonders of Wood Buildings

June 6, 2016 - Trees do plenty of work to sequester carbon on their own, but many forests are not as healthy as they should be due to fire suppression and climate change. This can leave trees vulnerable to large scale insect damage, fire or drought, and much of the carbon stored by forests is lost to the… Read more

Climate Change Intensifying Wildfire on National Forests

June 2, 2016 - You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that wildfires are more common during hot, dry summers. The area burned in the United States in 2015, over 10 million acres, according to theNational Interagency Fire Center,… Read more

National Trails Day

May 27, 2016 - After finishing your picnic lunch near views of water cascading 35 feet out of a rock wall at the Falls of Lana Picnic Area, make sure to continue on Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail for more spectacular views! Situated in Vermont’s scenic… Read more

Clean Air Provides Healthy Lands and Lets You Breathe a Little Easier

May 25, 2016 - Something we do every day for survival is something we often take for granted – breathing.  And a very important component of breathing is clean air. Air quality has a direct effect not only on the health of people, but also ecosystems. The Air Program in the Read more

Forest Service Rookie an International Inspiration

May 24, 2016 - Six months after being hired by the U.S. Forest Service, Angelica Perez-Delgado made a major impact, including international assistance to the country of Georgia, on her way to being named Rookie of the Year for the Pacific Southwest Region late in 2015. When a… Read more