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Jim Kaufmann, Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum at the Architect of the Capitol, reviews a potential tree candidate.
The Monongahela National Forest finds its third U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Monongahela National Forest

Out of thousands of trees, only one gets selected and named the People’s Tree each year. The Monongahela National Forest, however, has a special history with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, as it was

The gloved hand of a fire instructor grips a fire hose.
An experience starting out with fire training during the Wildfire Crisis
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

“Okay… who didn’t bring a hand tool?” The man asking is Adam Stoldal, a wildland firefighter assigned to the Heber-Kamas Ranger District in Northern Utah. This week, he is my unit instructor for basic

An aerial view of Lincoln County illustrates the heavily forested lands intermixed with homes and infrastructure.
Local businesses benefit from reducing hazardous fuels in the Kootenai Complex Wildfire Crisis Strategy Landscape
Kootenai National Forest

Lincoln County Montana is a beautiful place. Heavily forested, with the Cabinet Mountains as a backdrop, the vistas are what draw people here. Scattered through this forested landscape are small rural

Green trees along both sides of a busy paved street in New York City.
Expanding urban tree canopy for a cooler future

As temperatures continue to rise, the burning need to address harmful and often deadly heat waves is undeniable. One powerful and simple solution is to plant more trees. Trees offer a natural respite

Sonya Lucatero wearing a hard hat, high visibility jacket, over a USDA Forest Service uniform, standing in a forest.
A job with many opportunities
Tahoe National Forest

The Forest Service is around 30,000 employees strong and requires a wide variety of professions to get the job done — to care for the land and serve people, that is. There are foresters, rangeland
Three people standing in a field looking at something one person is pointing at.  Cows and a few trees are in the background.
Forests and farms working together in Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest

A few years ago, 57-year-old agronomist Ángel Rivera Nazario envisioned Rancho AA, his farm located in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, to be much more than the place where he raised cattle for food. He

A hollow, dead tree, laying on its side, on the ground.  Live trees growing in the background.
What happens when forests release more carbon than they absorb?

Forests store carbon. That is a fact. However, what happens when disturbances such as wildfire, insect infestation, disease and natural disasters weaken the forest ecosystems we depend upon as one

Rafters on the Bridger-Teton National Forest East of Alpine, Wyoming.

When was the last time you felt truly present in the moment? No notifications. No emails. No to-do lists, errands to run, or chores to complete. Just you, the people you are with, and the sights

An aerial image of the newly repaired Big Four Ice Caves bridge spanning the South Fork Stillaguamish river.  Heavily wooded forest appears on both sides of the bridge and river.
Great American Outdoors Act puts destination back on path
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Repair of the Big Four Ice Caves Bridge has hikers back on solid footing to a popular destination in Washington’s North Cascades. After taking three years to secure funding, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie