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A group of firefighters silhouetted against a fire on the horizon.
How the Human Resources Drug Testing Team helps to protect over 30,000 Forest Service employees

Fighting wildland fire, running whitewater rapids, using heavy machinery, interacting with wildlife, and parachuting into rugged terrain. Depending on the career, these are just some of the exciting
Image shows two bull elk sparring in the prairie of Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky.
Forest Service, partners relocate elk from Kentucky to West Virginia
Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area

KENTUCKY - Elk have been a staple at Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area for nearly three decades. Many of the area’s 1.8 million visitors per year come to see the herd at the
Image shows the participants in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest 2nd annual all-female fire assignment standing on and around a forest firefighting truck.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Hosts Job Corps Students for All-Female Assignment
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

For the second year in a row, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Georgia welcomed women from the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers as they participated in an all-female
Image shows a moose surrounded by new growth browse in a clearing in a forest.
Collaboration Helps Boost Minnesota’s Moose Habitat
Superior National Forest

Moose are an iconic Minnesota animal. Their significance dates to some of the first settlers who arrived several hundred years ago. For the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Grand Portage
Image shows Smokey Bear standing in the White House Great Hall with several people around him.
Smokey Bear has been a regular fixture at the White House for decades

Most folks know Smokey Bear is all about stopping unwanted wildland fire. His message of “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” is everywhere, from signage as you enter national forests and grasslands, to
Image shows a detailed view of ōhi‘a trees.
Saving Hawai’i’s ‘ōhi‘a trees

Native trees connect us to our forests. This is especially true of the ‘ōhi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) — a native tree in Hawai‘i that grows naturally nowhere else on Earth. As one of the first
A green fire truck with a firefighter dressed in yellow Nomex shirt and a hard hat kneeling next to it with orange wildfire clouds behind it.
How one firefighter turned a high school career day into a lifelong commitment to the Forest Service
Cleveland National Forest, Los Padres National Forest

A career day at Chaparral High School in Temecula, California. That’s what changed Cole Weissgerber’s life. Before then, he wasn’t really sure what he wanted to do with his life (who really does know
Image shows an illustration of two wolves on a dirt road looking at a Welcome to California road sign with mountains in the background.

It appears that your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio. Please use the following download directly link instead. Transcript | Download directly (18 MB) The gray wolf (Canis lupus) became extirpated
Image shows the solar corona around the moon surrounded by black during the 2017 solar eclipse.
Mark Twain National Forest, Caddo National Grassland, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland, Ouachita National Forest, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Hoosier National Forest

Complete darkness, like the middle of the night—except it’s the middle of the day, and just moments before, the sun shone brightly. Total solar eclipses, like the one that will occur on April 8, are
American flag flies in the foreground, with charred building behind.
Reducing Wildfire Risk in the Klamath River Basin
Klamath National Forest

Large, destructive wildfires are often the big story. Firefighters and firefighting aircraft come from across the country. The images, the action, the fast-moving flames threatening Small Town USA