Feature Stories

The North Yuba Forest Partnership plans to use a Forest Resilience Bond to finance forest restoration across the 275,000 acre North Yuba River watershed.
Innovative Finance Model Accelerates Forest Restoration

July 10, 2020 - The Forest Resilience Bond enables private capital to cover the upfront costs of implementing forest health treatments. North Yuba Forest Partnership Photo/Alex BoeschThe USDA Forest Service manages 193 million acres of… Read more


The Be Outdoor Safe awareness campaign is focused on being safe during Covid-19 and especially on wildland fire prevention.
Enjoying the great outdoors safely

July 2, 2020 - The Be Outdoor Safe awareness campaign is focused on being safe during Covid-19 and especially on wildland fire prevention. (Ad Council graphic used by permission.)With safety on the minds of so many, the USDA Forest Service, the… Read more


The Common Deer Tick
Ticks Are Thriving Across the Country, What Gives?

July 1, 2020 - The Common Deer Tick. Photo/Center for Disease Control and PreventionWith the snap of twigs and the crashing of brush, I broke loose from the tree line and made my way onto the Forest Service road. Like many locals, I had spent the afternoon with a fishing pole in hand, chasing wild Maine… Read more


A plowed field adjacent to the multifunctional riparian forest buffer, planted with USDA Forest Service support, at the Catawba Sustainability Center managed by Virginia Tech.
Trees and Shrubs Protect Crops and Generate Income for Farmers

June 25, 2020 - A plowed field adjacent to the multifunctional riparian forest buffer, planted with USDA Forest Service support, at the Catawba Sustainability Center managed by Virginia Tech. Photo/Virginia Tech.Across the United States, farmers are taking innovative approaches to foster environmental… Read more


Tracking the ways in which the U.S. land base changes over time is an important objective of the RPA Assessment.  One example is the Bridger Teton National Forest, where land cover has changed over the last few decades.
New Report Compares Gains in Forest Land Use with Losses in Forest Cover

June 24, 2020 - Tracking the ways in which the U.S. land base changes over time is an important objective of the RPA Assessment. One example is the Bridger Teton National Forest, where land cover has changed over the last few decades. Photo/Forest ServiceEvery 10 years, the USDA … Read more


Brain Gasper (right) and Summer Dunn (left) a Data Collection Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service’s FIA mapping” out a different condition--the term used when different growing conditions exist that result in site quality differences. These conditions need to be identified so that all estimates of growth and site attributes are lumped in with the same category of condition.
Tree Census and a Wealth of Public Data

June 3, 2020 - Summer Dunn, a data collection team leader with FIA, currently oversees the data collection efforts of approximately 70 crewmembers across Washington, Oregon and California. Forest Service Photo/Summer DunnAs our country sets out on the monumental task of conducting the U.S. census, the… Read more


A signpost indicating the location of buried radioactive material within the Exclusion Zone.
Forest Service Research Reduces Fire Danger in Chernobyl Contaminated Zone

May 28, 2020 - Apartment building in the ghost town of Prypiat, originally constructed in 1970 to serve the nuclear power plant. About 40,000 people lived in the city at the time of the Chernobyl reactor explosion. Forest Service Photo/ Alan AgerIn April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine… Read more


Picture of St Helens
Past, Present, and Future Research on Mount St. Helens

May 18, 2020 - Video by Science Communications Fellow, Alexandra Freibott.   In the forty years since the 1980 eruption, scientists have studied ecological recovery at the volcano. Today, Mount St. Helens is the most studied volcano in the world and has changed how we understand ecological recovery. Forest… Read more


On sites where deer and elk browsing can be a problem, installing mesh tubes can help protect newly planted seedlings from animal damage
Outplanting – Restoring our Nation’s Forests and Grasslands

May 12, 2020 - When all elements of the reforestation chain —seed, nursery, and outplanting—are executed well, the result is a healthy, established seedling that has the best possibility for surviving and thriving. Forest Service Photo/Diane HaaseOne of the most important responsibilities of the… Read more


The beautiful bear poppy grows in rare and fragile areas of the US. Now drone technology is being used to help protect the indigenous wildflower.
Drones Are Helping to Protect the Endangered Bear Poppy

May 7, 2020 -   The beautiful bear poppy grows in rare and fragile areas of the US. Now drone technology is being used to help protect the indigenous wildflower. Photo/USDA Forest ServiceUSDA Forest Service research ecologist Susan… Read more


For more than a century, the Forest Service has been growing seedlings in nurseries. Here Forest Service workers tend seedlings at the Wind River Nursery in Carson, Washington, circa 1915.
Nurseries – Growing Future Forests

May 5, 2020 - For more than a century, the Forest Service has been growing seedlings in nurseries. Here Forest Service workers tend seedlings at the Wind River Nursery in Carson, Washington, circa 1915. US National Archives photo/95-G-152502.The USDARead more


Wild American ginseng harvests keep falling, even as prices rise. A team of USDA Forest Service researchers has shown that the species has a backward-bending supply curve.
American Ginseng, in the Forest and in the Marketplace

April 29, 2020 - Wild American ginseng harvests keep falling, even as prices rise. A team of USDA Forest Service researchers has shown that the species has a backward-bending supply curve. Forest Service Photo/Gary KauffmanThe American ginseng is a plant of great value. Tens of thousands of pounds are… Read more


Deer grazing in West Virginia forest opening.
Don’t Blame Bambi

April 28, 2020 - Deer grazing in West Virginia forest opening. USDA Photo/Brice HanberryDeer often get blamed for declines in forest structure, particularly oak hardwood and pine forests of the Eastern United States, mainly because of their propensity to munch on tree seedlings. However, scientists Brice… Read more


Seeds form when pollen lands on the flowers of pine trees like these longleaf pines.
Seeds – The heart and start of a forest

April 24, 2020 - When the seeds are ripe, cones are harvested either by hand or machine. Viable seed is shipped to tree nurseries, where it is planted and grown for up to four years or stored for future use. Forest Service photo/Ben Rowland.Seeds are the heart and start of our vegetable gardens at home and the… Read more


Woodsy Owl is still working with partners, encouraging people to continue lending their hands to care for the land.
Woodsy Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Week

April 21, 2020 - Woodsy Owl is still working with partners, encouraging people to continue lending their hands to care for the land. Forest Service photo/Tanya FloresToday, the USDA Forest Service’s partner Agents of DiscoveryRead more


Working from home takes on a new meaning for Pamela Eubanks as she prepares her first Earth Day garden in Woodland, CA
Celebrating Earth Day at Home – Challenge Your Imagination

April 21, 2020 - Working from home takes on a new meaning for Pamela Eubanks as she prepares her first Earth Day garden in Woodland, CA. Photo/Amy EubanksThe 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22, 2020 and instead of large gatherings and festivals this year, our day celebrating mother earth will be a lot… Read more


Photo of a heron standing in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico.
USDA Observes the 10 Year Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

April 20, 2020 - Today marks 10 years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. USDA, through its Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, worked alongside other federal… Read more


A male emerald ash borer rests on a twig. Forest Service photo/Debbie Miller
Why Do Invasive Species Like the Northeast?

April 10, 2020 - A male spotted lanternfly sitting on a maple twig. Forest Service photo/ Melody KeenaAn estimated 450 non-native forest insects have found their way to the US. Not all of these insects have caused visible damage to forests, but a handful of them, the proverbial poster pests like emerald ash… Read more


Chris French, Deputy Chief of the National Forest System enjoys a solo hike in ‘America’s Backyard.’
Going Outdoors While Social Distancing

March 31, 2020 - Chris French, Deputy Chief of the National Forest System enjoys a solo hike in ‘America’s Backyard.’ Photo/Chris FrenchThe idiom ‘be careful what you wish for’ is likely coming to roost for those of us who love to show off 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. We are learning… Read more


Gledatsia sinensis, known locally as Bo Ket, is a type of honey locust planted to create a barrier between elephants and the local community in the Green Fence Restoration Project, a partnership between USFS and Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Green Fence is Protecting Elephants and People

March 17, 2020 - Asian elephants in Quang Nam Elephant Reserve are a striking example of Vietnam’s rich and diverse biodiversity. Photo/Quang Nam Elephant Reserve.The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day… Read more


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