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African American woman in tan Forest Service uniform rests hands on engineering drawings.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Consider looking at the forest from another perspective — you arrived there by road, launched your boat by ramp, crossed a canyon by bridge, and maybe used a wildland restroom. These amenities
Group in yellow safety vests walk on left side of rowadway. Leader carries staff with feathers.
California's Trail of Tears Commemorated in Nome Cult Walk
Mendocino National Forest

In Fall of 1863, 461 Native Americans from the Yuki, Wailacki, Concow, Little Lake Pomo, Nomlacki, Pit River, Maidu and Nissinan tribes were forcibly marched from their homelands. The march was part
A man stands smiling in front of hundreds of tree seedling in rows of small pots.
Mozambique village replants post slash-and-burn

Smoking fields and bare soil betray a common practice in this rural Mozambique district: slash and burn agriculture. The rural population here barely subsists on low-yield rice, cassava, and
A group of people use shovels to dig within a stream.
Within the forests of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, meadows are in need of help. Fortunately, some eager beaver hands are up to the task.
Sequoia National Forest, Sierra National Forest

Listen to the Story It appears that your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio. Please use the following download directly link instead. Transcript | Download directly (66 MB ) In a meadow, the squish
Forest Service contractors move a bridge onto pillars through a canyon using a crane.
Expediting the recreation repair effort
Mendocino National Forest

Dry thunderstorms rolled across California’s Central Valley into the Sierra Nevada range on August 17, 2020. Lightning-caused fires, fueled by hot, windy conditions, would eventually burn more than
Forest Service Firefirghter Lex Scanlan poses for photo
A wildland firefighter’s journey from structural firefighting to fire prevention
Siuslaw National Forest

Growing up in Chicago, a career as a wildland firefighter felt as distant to Lex Scanlan as the vast mountains and giant conifers far to the West. “Most of my family and friends are from the Midwest
Members of the Idlewild Club pose in front of a banner displaying the group name.
The Story of Idlewild on the Huron-Manistee National Forest
Huron-Manistee National Forest

When you consider civil rights, what do you think of? Many may think of activism, protest, art, community and music. What about forest recreation? “Millions of past peoples have lived and worked in
Smokey Bear poses with Forest Service employees atop a float celebrating the fire prevention icon's 80th birthday.
Behind the Scenes at the Rose Parade
Angeles National Forest

You’re given hundreds of zip ties, thousands of seeds, bins piled with pinecones and branches, plus lots of glue and wiring. You have four days to decorate the Forest Service wagon for the 135th
A person in sitting in a flying aircraft looking out the right window while appearing to talk in the microphone of a headset.
Audio documentary
Sequoia National Forest

When it comes to getting perspective on forest health, sky-high observations are a big help in California. With over 30 million acres of forested land throughout the state, there is a lot of ground to
A hand holds a frog with a yellow belly and black spots across its back.
Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs can teach us about our planet
Tahoe National Forest

“Some think a frog face is one only a mother could love, but I think they’re cute. And in some ways, they’re both resilient and fragile,” said Pacific Southwest Research Station aquatic ecologist