Spotlights

Think First Wildfire Awareness Campaign

Take the pledge to "Think First" and prevent wildfire at Lake Tahoe. Wildfire prevention and awareness is everyone's responsibility. Follow the link above to learn more

Forest Service Ready for Western Wildfire Season

While it is always fire season somewhere in the U.S. the largest wildfires typically occur during the summer months in the West. Follow the link above to read more.

Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

Whether you are going out for a day hike or an extended backpacking trip follow the safety tips found at the link above to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

When visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin, knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 

Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is determined by what you do to prepare your property. Visit the link above to learn more.

Responding to Tree Mortality on National Forests in California

Millions of trees in the Sierras are stressed from lack of water resources and bark beetles impacts. Visit the link above and learn how the Forest Service is responding.

Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada

Tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada has reached an alarming level. To learn more, visit the Pacific Southwest Region website listed above.

Washington DC Live Bald Eagle Nest Cam

In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose a nest site at the US National Arboretum in Washington DC. Follow the link above to view the nest cam, 24 hours a day.

Aerial Survey Program critical to battling tree mortality

With tree mortality rising to an estimated record-high 27.6 million trees in California in 2015, the role of the U.S. Forest Service’s aerial survey team is more critical than ever.

Managing Forests in the Face of Drought

Drought can be a major stress in forest ecosystems.  Drought can kill trees directly or indirectly through insect attack or wildfire. Follow the link above to read more.

Kids in a Park Program

Starting in September, fourth-graders can obtain a pass that grants free entry to students and their parents to federally-managed sites. Visit the link above for more information.

Faces of the Forest, Meet Rena Escobedo

As a biologist for the LTBMU, Rena Escobedo can’t stop herself from being involved and getting others involved in appreciating the forest. Follow the link above to read more.

Prescribed Fire Interview with Lake Tahoe Television

Follow the link above to check out the Lake Tahoe Television interview about prescribed fire with Kyle Jacobson from the U.S. Forest Service.
 

2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Summary Report

The 2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Program, Five-Year Summary Report is now available.  Follow the link above to read or download the report.

Drones can be Deadly for Wildland Firefighters

Unauthorized drones can hinder firefighting operations by preventing tankers and helicopters from dropping retardant and water. Follow the link above to read more.

The Power of One Tree

The Forest Service would like folks to ask themselves: Do I really know how much trees contribute to my daily life? Follow the link above to find out. 

A year round fire season?

Not long ago, the Forest Service considered wildfire primarily a summer problem. But climate change has turned fire season into a year-round issue. Follow the link above to read more.

Learn the signs of hypothermia

When exposed to extreme cold, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce. Learn more about how to prevent hypothermia by visiting the link above.

Can your ashes campaign!

Fireplace or woodstove embers can remain hot enough to kindle a fire for days. To learn how to properly dispose of fireplace, wood stove or barbecue ashes, visit the link above.  

A century of skiing with the US Forest Service

Each year millions of visitors ski and snowboard down the snowy slopes of the ski resorts spread across National Forests. Follow the link above to read more.

Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit

Students from Lake Tahoe area high schools participated in an exciting environmental program this past summer. Visit the link above to read more and watch the video.

Protecting a California Legacy

The Forest Service now has an opportunity to manage a national treasure with national monument status, the San Gabriel Mountains.

US Forest Service Keeping Score on Climate Change

Day after day we’re seeing more impacts from climate change, and many concerned folks want to know what exactly their government is doing about it. Follow the link above to read more.

Climate change is going 3D

Understanding the effects of global warming, especially the amount of precipitation contained in clouds, has been limited by the use of old satellite technology. Read more above. 

RESTORE Episode 14: Marijuana Grows and Restoration

Marijuana growing on our national forests causes significant harm to the land, water and animals. Visit the link above to watch the video.

RESTORE Episode 13: Fire Behavior and Ecological Restoration

By employing specially designed heat resistant camera boxes, the agency has been able to document surprising fire behavior. Visit the link above to watch the video.

Forest, grasslands users now have access to digital maps

Now dealing with a map may be faster, easier and more convenient by opening your smart device and using a U.S. Forest Service digital map. Read more by visiting the link above.

Forestry students vie for a free trip to Russia

The International Jr. Foresters' Competition promotes and rewards young scientists for their efforts in the environmental field. 

Penny Pines Program

Penny Pines program provides a way for the public to contribute to reforestation. The LTBMU maintains many Penny Pines plantations and welcomes donations to continue this program.