Feature Stories

US Forest Service teams with friends to restore historic cabin on national forest in Kentucky

June 12, 2013 - Quietly tucked away in the hills of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the historic Gladie Cabin reminds its visitors of days long past and a local woman of national note. In… Read more

Wrangell Scouts ‘Lend a Hand’ to clean up Alaskan island

June 12, 2013 - Pack it in, pack it out. This Leave No Trace principle is one that Boy Scout Troop 40 of Wrangell, Alaska, has practiced for years. So when assistant scoutmaster Kim Powell told her scouts about the trash she saw on a trip to nearby Zarembo Island, the boys wanted to… Read more

Timber thief in Washington cuts down 300-year-old tree

June 12, 2013 - Thanks to a lengthy investigation led by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement personnel, a Washington man has been convicted of stealing timber and damaging trees worth more than $250,000 from the Olympic National Forest in Washington state. Reid Johnston, 41, of Brinnon, Wash., pleaded guilty last… Read more

Celebrating the life, legacy of Aldo Leopold

June 12, 2013 - Over his 40-year career as a forester, scientist, teacher, and writer, Aldo Leopold brought a greater understanding of our relationship with the natural world at a time when the technological advances of the 20th century increasingly shut people off from their surroundings. Jan. 11 marks the 125th… Read more

Forest Service Job Corps helps youth land jobs

June 12, 2013 - According to a Pew Research Center survey, 53 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 either live at home with their parents or have moved in temporarily due to financial hardship. Six-months ago,… Read more

Jobs for Young Adults in the US Forest Service are Waiting

June 10, 2013 - The Obama Administration has announced the formation of a national council to guide full implementation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps – a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Thousands of… Read more

Simply ‘Marr’-velous: Forest Service leader hailed as hero merely doing her job

June 10, 2013 - Jerri Marr awoke on June 23, 2012, expecting a normal day as forest supervisor tending to issues arising on the Pike and San Isabel national forests west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on the… Read more

Building a better website for the battle against forest invaders

June 10, 2013 - The Forest Service is making it easier than ever to report the spread of insects that have invaded America’s national, state, private and urban forests. Forest Health Protection has released Version 2 of its mapping and reporting portal.  Built on the… Read more

NY Times Names Forest Service-Managed River in Washington a Top Destination

June 10, 2013 - Dubbed America’s premier alpine whitewater river, the White Salmon River in south central Washington State was recently named as a top destination by the New York Times. The White Salmon, used by kayakers and rafters all year round, winds nearly 45 miles from its headwaters on the … Read more

Bald eagles making a comeback on San Bernardino National Forest

June 10, 2013 - Listed as an endangered species in 1967 and ultimately de-listed in 2007, the effort to recover the American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) on national forests has been a rewarding endeavor for the San Bernardino National Forest. As the district… Read more

Forest Service Celebrates Bird Migration

June 10, 2013 - The beauty of watching a flock of birds migrating on the wing is a sight many enjoy.  Protecting their habitats to help them on their journeys is part of the work that U.S. Forest Service employees across the nation do every day.  “Forests and grasslands managed… Read more

A Father’s Day tribute: The time my Dad took my class on a hike in the woods

June 10, 2013 - Editor’s note: Recently, U.S. Forest Service scientist Andy Scott took his son’s first-grade class on a nature hike to talk about forestry, soil, and anything else the kids wanted to know. They walked along the… Read more

US Forest Service Celebrates National Get Outdoors Day June 8

June 10, 2013 - National Get Outdoors Day, created in a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, will include a wide variety of opportunities to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun, from a rousing day of festivities in City Park in Denver to quieter observations on some national forest and grasslands. Go Day,… Read more

Ten Best Cities for Urban Forests

June 7, 2013 - America is home to more than 100 million acres of urban and community forests. These are the forests that line our streets, shade our buildings and burst with color every spring and fall. Trees also clean our air and help prevent pollution and flooding. That’s one of the reasons we like to call… Read more

Finding ‘Gold’ in Bug Bellies

June 7, 2013 - Almost three years ago, two biology professors at Delta State University in Mississippi brainstormed how to give science undergraduates research experience in microbiology and entomology. They hit upon the idea of searching for “science gold” in the bellies of bugs. Professors Tanya McKinney and… Read more

Secretary’s Column: Biofuels Hold Unlimited Opportunity to Grow the Rural Economy

June 7, 2013 - At USDA, we’ve made record efforts in the past four years to support homegrown energy.  This year, we’re looking ahead to a promising future for biofuels. Biofuels have already contributed a great deal to our economy, to our energy security and to the bottom line on our farms and ranches.  Today we… Read more

Florida students go back in time

June 7, 2013 - More than 100 Franklin County middle and high school students got to explore the life of an 18th century sailor through a living history program presented by employees of the National Forests in Florida and the U.S. Coast Guard. The backdrop was the… Read more

Forest Service Helps Hollywood Go Green

June 7, 2013 - Hollywood’s first 100 percent sustainable studio set was created for 20th Century Fox’s  comedy series “Raising Hope” thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory  and NOBLE Environmental Technologies, a long-term collaborator with the laboratory. NOBLE… Read more

They’re back! Count on the cicada to soon be a part of your springtime experience

June 7, 2013 - The buzz this spring has started, and some people may think it’s fodder for a new sci-fi movie. But this year’s spring brings a drama closer to home than you think - the pending emergence of brood II of the periodical cicada. Cicadas are large, colorful, fly-like bugs with large eyes and tented… Read more

Cheers to butterflies

June 7, 2013 - As the bartender drew pints of Silverspot India Pale Ale for the crush of people in the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City, Ore., recently, Michelle Dragoo, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist, and Anne Walker, U.S. Fish and… Read more