Stories from the Forest

Learn how the U.S. Forest Service works toward healthy and thriving landscapes by reading stories about projects, partnerships, volunteer programs, and much more! 

  • Preparing your Home for Wildfire

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    The Umpqua National Forest encourages you to prepare your home for wildfire. While we may not be able to make our homes and communities fireproof, taking the steps below will make it more likely that your home will withstand a fire. These steps will also provide important defensible space, letting our firefighters better address wildfires in our communities at large.

  • The Legacy of the Triple Nickles Smoke Jumper Crew

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    In a time when the Army traditionally relegated Black service members to menial jobs, the Triple Nickles became the nation’s first Black parachute infantry test platoon, company, and battalion. This 20-member platoon had the unprecedented and dangerous job of jumping into forests that were set on fire by the nation’s enemy at war.

  • Guidelines for Firewise Behavior when Recreating on your Public Lands

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    The Umpqua National Forest does not have any current Public Use Restrictions or Industrial Fire Protection Levels in effect, but human-caused wildfires remain a risk. Visitors to their national forests should always use Firewise behavior. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of both yourself and others while visiting your public lands this summer, we ask that you please follow some guidelines.

  • Keeping Furry Friends Safe & Respectful on Public Lands

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    Dogs are always welcome on the Umpqua National Forest. Please keep them under control at all times to respect natural resources like rivers, streams, vegetation, and trails and other visitors. Remember: a dog that is excessively barking, aggressive, or chasing animals is not under control.

  • Tips to Successful Recreating on the Umpqua National Forest Memorial Day Weekend

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    Our crews are out in full-force preparing campgrounds and trails for the busy Memorial Day weekend in removing danger trees and setting up recreation sites. Many campgrounds will be open just in time for this weekend, so check out www.recreation.gov and our forest website, to find your new favorite campground.

  • Opportunities and Challenges to Planting a Sugar Pine Assisted Migration Seed Source Study in Southwest Oregon

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    Given the recent increase in wildfire activity and current and projected changes in climate throughout the western US, there is a need to promote forest resiliency by planting trees adapted to current and future climates. Read about the assisted migration seed source study the Umpqua National Forest has embarked on to help protect against future climate uncertainty.

  • Recreating Responsibly on Your Dispersed Camping Trip

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    Tired of the crowds at our popular campgrounds? Looking for more independence and solitude? Consider dispersed camping! Dispersed camping simply means camping anywhere outside of developed camping areas. But camping outside of developed campgrounds brings additional responsibilities for caring for your public lands. Check out these tips for recreating responsibly!

  • Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Spring Adventures in your National Forests

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    Springtime can be a wonderful time to be in the forest, but there is still a lot of snow in the forest that might limit certain kinds of activities & access. Be situational aware & prepared so you can have an safe & enjoyable time in the woods.

  • Learn about the Holistic Watershed Restoration Strategy for the North Umpqua Watershed

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    Over the past year and a half, the Umpqua National Forest, Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District, and the National Forest Foundation have been developing a holistic watershed restoration strategy for federal lands in the North Umpqua Watershed that will help us work toward a restored and climate change resilient landscape. In this strategic planning process, we’ve met with Tribal, community, and agency partners to learn what they think is important.

  • Tips for Reserving Campsites through Recreation.gov

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    Are you a weekend camper, an open-road RVer, or a backcountry explorer? Whichever trip speaks to your adventure spirit, you can use Recreation.gov to make those summer dreams a reality. All campground, lookout tower, and backcountry cabins must be reserved through this platform.

  • Stargazing Tips for International Dark Sky Week

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    How often do you gaze up at the stars? Can you see the Milky Way spiraling above you? Do you recognize any constellations? April 22-30 is International Dark Sky Week, meaning it's the perfect time to explore the night sky. This annual event aims to celebrate the night and to raise awareness about the negative impacts of light pollution and the solutions that exist. Here are some tips for star gazing and night hiking on the Umpqua National Forest this week.

  • How to Obtain and Use a U.S. Forest Service Mushroom Permit

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    Gathering mushrooms is a Pacific Northwest favorite pastime. To ensure we have a sustainable number of mushrooms out there for everybody to enjoy, please follow these few simple rules.

  • Umpqua National Forest Home to Professional Tree Climbing School

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    Do you remember how much you loved to climb trees as a kid? How excited would you have been if you knew you could be a professional tree climber? Our National Tree Climbing Program trains people from all over the country how to climb trees! Collecting pine cones from the tree tops is critical for landscape restoration and scientific research.

  • Earth Day Spotlight: Serpentine Areas

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    Serpentine soils contain high percentages of heavy metals and low percentages of important plant nutrients, which leads to a variety of rare plant life. Take some time this Earth Day to read about these unique environments and the hardy life that thrives there.

  • Tiller Ranger District Office Feasibility Study Update

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    Check out our Tiller Ranger District Office feasibility study update so you can stay in the loop as we continue the process of determining the best path forward while considering relocating our office operations.

  • Springtime Safety Tips for Outdoor Adventures

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    As the weather starts to warm up over these next couple of months, we know we all are eager to get outside and visit some of our favorite hiking and camping locations around the forest. However, these early warmer weeks of spring bring unique health risks and possible natural resource damage. Please follow these few simple tips to ensure your springtime adventures are safe both for you and your family as well as for our public lands.

  • Umpqua National Forest to Participate in Oregon State University’s Forestry Tour

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    After a few years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Douglas County School Forestry Tour, sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service, is back! This year the tour will be May 4-6 and will be held near the Glide Transfer Station in Roseburg, Oregon.

  • North Umpqua Hydropower Federal Mitigation Fund Call for Project Proposals

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    PacifiCorp contributes to the Mitigation Fund as a part of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project Settlement Agreement, FERC Project No. 1927-008 (2001). The goal behind the funding is to offset adverse impacts to aquatic, terrestrial, and other natural resources caused by the hydropower operations. The majority of these funds are used to complete projects geared around aquatic and upland habitat restoration and maintenance.