Feature Stories

Windbreaks protect soils, livestock, crops and people across the landscape. Forest Service Photo/Patrick Ziegler
Why the Trees Outside Forests Count

March 10, 2020 -   Farmers can get assistance in designing windbreaks to protect their crops and soil. Forest Service Photo /Bob NicholsWindbreaks and other agroforestry practicesRead more

A brilliant red maple tree at Superior National Forest on the Tofte Ranger District.
Hey Maple Syrup Junkies, Sugaring Season Has Begun!

March 6, 2020 - USDA Forest Service Resource assistant Donald Harris guides fourth graders along the maple sugaring process at Neighborhood House Nature Center. Photo /Neighborhood House Nature CenterMaple syrup is sweet, delicious and this is the time of year it’s made, or wrung if you will, from the sap of… Read more

A historic picture showing a row of Triple Nickel jumpers with their parachutes and in a horizontal line in front of an aircraft.
The Triple Nickles: A 75-Year Legacy

February 28, 2020 - Members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion at Pendleton Army Airfield are briefed before take- off during the wildfire in the summer of 1945. National Archives Photo/Eastern Washington University.It has been said that Black history is simply the missing pages of world history. Nothing… Read more

Bud grafting lingering ash tree.
After a blight, the trees that survived need your help

February 25, 2020 - Collecting buds and branches from a lingering ash tree to study. Forest Service/ M. MasonHumans adore trees. But humans also migrate and trade, habits that led to the accidental introduction of insects and diseases that harm trees and alter the landscape. Examples are easy to find and may be… Read more

Prescribed fire in Ponderosa Pine Forests in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. United States
New tool tests management strategies for ecosystem resilience

February 19, 2020 - Participants listen to a presentation on fire simulation models at a kick-off workshop hosted by Northern Arizona, the Forest Service, and other partners to identify critical climate-fire interactions in Albuquerque, NM. Northern Arizona University Photo/Corrine DolanThe… Read more

After the war, Green Pastures was renovated and re-opened as an integrated public site. In 1963, it was renamed “Longdale Recreation Area” after the surrounding community.
The Segregationist Past of the ‘Green Pastures’ Recreation Site

February 6, 2020 - Imagine that it’s 1936. The Great Depression is in its seventh year, more than 20% of Americans are unemployed, and in five years the country will enter the fray of World War II. Many Americans are left with little more than the comfort of friends, family and the great outdoors. And, if you are one… Read more

A picture of the Angeles Hot shot crew walking in an open, dry grass area, helping in the fight of Australian bushfires.
Partnership Efforts to Address Australia Wildfires

February 3, 2020 - A Hot shot crew from the Angeles National Forest aid in the fight of Australian bushfires. Forest Service Photo/John Merager.As wildfires, or “bushfires”, burn throughout Australia, the USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior continue to deploy wildfire personnel to assist with… Read more

A picture showing several nursery-grown seedlings in several pots and all lined up.
Hurricane Recovery for Forest and Conservation Nurseries

January 13, 2020 - In September 2017, back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the nurseries at the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands Agriculture Experiment Station. Tree Planters Notes Photo/Michael MorganHurricanes, typhoons and cyclones have caused… Read more

A picture of Ricardo Burke, Forest Therapy participant, shown here with his hand wrapped around a small tree.
Volunteers experience the power of service and healing in the rainforest

January 6, 2020 - View from El Yunque National Forest towards Municipality of Luquillo on the Northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Forest Service Photo/Kathleen McGinley.In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 hurricane devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Amidst the… Read more

A picture of Adolph Samora.
How a tribal fire crew rescued the real Smokey Bear

December 31, 2020 - Adolph Samora, one of the original members of the Taos Pueblo Snowball crew responsible for the rescue of Smokey Bear. Photo/Smokey Bear LIVEThis year, we celebrated Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday as a national fire prevention icon. Many know Smokey’s message: “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,”… Read more

A picture showing structurally engineered glulam timbers at the Forest Products Lab Centennial Research Facility.
Better Adhesives Mean Stronger, Cheaper Wood Products

December 30, 2020 - Left: X-ray computed tomography view of the adhesive between two pieces of wood. Right: An X-ray fluorescence microscopy maps adhesive around a glue line. (Forest Service Photo/Forest Products Lab)Although engineered wood — such as plywood or particle board — is great for a range of building… Read more

A picture of Asher Dean, New Mexico fourth grader and 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest winner, speaking at a podium about his essay during the annual USDA Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Why I Love New Mexico’s Forests and Public Lands

December 13, 2019 - Description: Asher Dean earned top honors in a contest as part of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree festivities. As the winner, he had the honor of attending the tree lighting ceremony on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after reading his essay at a USDA ceremony and meeting Chevel… Read more

A picture of Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark and U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder at the ceremony celebrating the new quarter.
Last Quarter of the Year Honors the Idaho Wilderness

December 11, 2019 - Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark and U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder at the ceremony celebrating the new quarter. USDA Photo.Take a closer look next time you get your change, you might get one of the freshly-minted Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness quarters! This… Read more

Lit Chirstmas Tree in front of the US Capitol
‘The People’s Tree’ Lights up the Capitol

December 5, 2019 - The U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs in front of the adorned U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo by Tanya Flores, Office of CommunicationsA special gift from the Carson National Forest has successfully completed its cross-country journey to… Read more

A picture of two turkeys; a female (hen) wild turkey in front of a male (tom) standing in snow.
Giving thanks for nature’s abundance, partnerships and turkeys

November 27, 2019 - A female (hen) wild turkey in front of a male (tom). Photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation.The wild turkey is an American icon. It is so iconic that, had Benjamin Franklin had his way, it could have become the national bird. Alas, it is the bald eagle that adorns the Great Seal… Read more

A picture of Sandra Broncheau-Mcfarland with a white tail buck taken during a hunt.
Ancestral Teachings Keep Hunters Connected to the Land

November 21, 2019 - To some people, hunting is a foreign concept. In the era of readily-packaged meats easily purchased at a nearby grocery store, the need—outside the sport of it—might seem outdated. Still, there are many people that to this day, choose to or must hunt to put food on the table. Others feel that… Read more

A picture of Steven Lomadafkie instructing children at Moencopi Day School near Tuba City, AZ
Tribal plant nurseries are about more than growing plants

November 19, 2019 - 2019 Intertribal Nursery Council Meeting tour stop at the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma’s greenhouses. USDA Forest Service photo by Jeremiah Pinto.Numerous tribes throughout the US are growing native plants for reforestation and restoration. For many of them, however, there are deeper… Read more

A picture of a the Kirtland’s warbler balancing on a small tree limb.
Bringing a bird back from the brink of extinction

November 13, 2019 - The Kirtland’s warbler, once at the brink of extinction, is now thriving. (Photo courtesy Sawyer Frederick, Warbler Census Team volunteer.)You probably have not heard of the Kirtland’s warbler. It is a songbird that migrates between breeding habitat in northern Michigan and its winter range in… Read more

A picture of a Christmas tree ornament that has two chili peppers in the middle, one red and one green.
A 60-foot Christmas gift is on its way to Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2019 - Local residents and officials attend the cutting ceremony at the Carson National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo by Shayne Martin, Deputy Director, Communication and Engagement, Southwestern Region.*Update* The Capital Christmas tree successfully completed the journey from the Carson… Read more

A picture of a dining room table and chairs are from the mid-1800s.
Brown furniture is the new green

November 5, 2019 - Get that brown furniture from behind the ropes and use it. Although in this instance, these very rare and high-valued furniture pieces should be where they are at the Winterthur museum in Wilmington, Delaware. (Courtesy photo by Robert Westover)Here at the USDA Forest Service, we really like… Read more