Forest Service receives the Land Stewardship Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation

TENNESSEE – The National Wild Turkey Federation presented the USDA Forest Service with the prestigious national Land Stewardship Award from for its long history of collaborative conservation across its 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. National Wild Turkey Federation CEO Becky Humphries presented Chief Vickie Christensen with the award at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Renewable energy project in California earns national recognition

CALIFORNIA—After four years of determination and innovation, a team from the Pacific Southwest Region has received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its Southern California Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE Project, which will reduce energy consumption by 80 percent for 63 facilities across the Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests. The Department of Energy award recognizes federal government projects that cut energy waste and promote energy independence, resilience and security.

Monitoring Alaskan Bats in the Tongass National Forest

The sun has finally set in Ketchikan, located around 300 miles south of Juneau, Alaska. Engines rumble as volunteers begin their journey deep into the Tongass National Forest. Equipped with a bat detector and a specialized microphone on the roof of their car, the volunteers traverse a 30-mile stretch at 20 miles per hour in the hope of recording bat calls, which will help determine where they roost, migrate, and hibernate.