Web Address Information - General
This Forest Service web site uses database technology to deliver one whole web page when you type our address into your browser or choose a link. That one web page is made up of many components stored individually in the database.
This technology makes for a fluid and dynamic web page and also is responsible for some very long addresses that you see in the web browser's address field as you move around the site.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions related to these long addresses:
Question: What is the official address/URL for this site?
Question: Why does a long address display when I arrive at this web site?
Answer: The database technology mentioned above, converts the official address or any "short URL" (see below) and translates it into the longer address the database uses to retrieve the elements for the web page.
Question: I typed in the old address, www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo and got to this location, why?
Answer: The old address is like a "forwarding address" at the post office. Anyone trying to use the address will find themselves forwarded to the new site at www.fs.usda.gov/lolo In WWW terms, this is called a "redirect."
Question: How can I copy a link to paste into an email or document using the links provided here?
Answer: Most web browsers allow you to "right-click" on a link and choose "Properties." That usually opens a new window and displays the URL for that link which you can highlight, copy and paste.
Question: Are there other short addresses for sections on this web site?
Answer: Yes, there are several other short addresses we call "short URLs" (URL is an industry acronym that stands for "Universal Resource Locator" which basically means address for a web location). See the list below.
Short URLs You Can Use
If you are off our site and type any of these into your web browser's address field, you will arrive at that specific page on our site. This bypasses the need to first display the home page and any intermediate pages in order to reach the specific page listed above. We usually create these short URLs for pages/sections where we anticipate the most visitors.