Feature Stories

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


Moss Study Helps Identify Pollution Hotspots

May 18, 2016 - In December 2013 when Sarah Jovan and Geoffrey Donovan, two scientists with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon, crisscrossed the northwest area of their city they had no idea… Read more


Wildlife after Wildfire in Southern Appalachia

May 17, 2016 - It was my first prescribed burn. After weeks of training and months of anticipation, I was finally on the ground – drip torch in hand – ready to apply fire to restore the mixed pine-hardwood forests at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the… Read more


A Tree in a Time Capsule

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Climate Smart Restoration of Appalachian Forests

May 13, 2016 - As the climate changes, and our forests are affected, the need to reclaim impacted areas and restore native species becomes more important than ever. The U.S. Forest Service’s Monongahela National Forest is at the forefront of not only forest restoration, but also helping those landscapes adapt to… Read more


Urban Youth Discover Conservation can be Life Changing

May 11, 2016 - A peaceful forest setting mixed with sounds of birds and running water provides a feeling of solitude one would expect in a remote wilderness. But this area is anything but remote. Nestled in the shadow of Atlanta’s metropolitan skyline resides a green jewel so secluded and tucked away that many… Read more


Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

May 10, 2016 - Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is pretty much determined by what you do to prepare your property. The U.S. Forest Service calls it being Fire Wise. I’ve… Read more


Where the People and Prairie Restore Each Other

May 6, 2016 - Meandering along a rustic trail surrounded by towering prairie grasses and blooming flowers, you feel a sense of simplicity as you come to a quiet overlook that slopes onto a bench where you can observe the activity of birds and small mammals surrounding a still pond. This beautiful prairie… Read more


Get a Little Wild with Flowers on National Forests, Grasslands

May 3, 2016 - Hiking along the peaceful Greer Spring Trail in the Mark Twain National Forest the pathway is decorated with abundant wildflowers in bloom—vibrant yellow trout lily,… Read more


National Grasslands – Celebrating and Conserving Open Space

April 29, 2016 - Many know about America’s Great Plains, the vast, far-as-you-can-see mostly flat lands in the country’s interior west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains, consisting of prairie, steppe and grasslands. The 20 national… Read more