Feature Stories

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

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