Feature Stories

Looking for a Mother’s Day Gift? Take Her into the Woods

June 7, 2013 - Mother’s Day is just around the corner and most of us have yet to find that “perfect” gift for mom. But don’t panic. Let the U.S. Forest Service help out. You read that right. The Forest Service wants you to give mom the gift of nature in all its innate… Read more

Forest Service book answers a kid’s question: Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

June 7, 2013 - Some children are unaware that in order to reduce tree hazards, protect other trees, or to get wood, it is necessary to cut trees. So the recently published book “Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?” is intended to raise awareness of the issue. The book, which primarily targets first to third grade… Read more

Trout hatching gives students a window to conservation

June 7, 2013 - Recently, elementary students in three Oregon classrooms welcomed a few hundred special guests that required unique accommodations — a small refrigerator, a covered tank, gravel, and a water filter. The students were part of an international fish education project that connected students in Oregon… Read more

Camping with kids? There’s a method to this madness

June 7, 2013 - As an environmental educator, I’ve taken tons of kids outside for fun and educational experiences in the woods. Now, I am looking forward taking my own son out for his first discoveries and to create memories we’ll share for years to come. Since some of my friends have asked me for pointers on… Read more

From vets to firefighters

June 7, 2013 - The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the California Conservation Corps to provide firefighter training for military veterans. “Fire and Aviation Management is particularly appealing because of the significance of our… Read more

‘We remember them every day’

June 7, 2013 - They are fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and sisters and brothers. They served in remote corners of the forests and grasslands, helped lost recreationists find their way and arrested people who were violating the law. They were our friends and colleagues. But by merely doing their jobs,… Read more

2013 Earth Day Events – USDA Forest Service

June 7, 2013 - Forest Service units from Alaska to Puerto Rico celebrate Earth Day in a variety of ways, from pulling weeds and planting trees to educating young people about the world around them. Forest Service employees will plant American elm trees on April 20 at the … Read more

Forest Service-sponsored GreenSchools! honored by Education Department

June 7, 2013 - Twenty schools registered as GreenSchools! through the Project Learning Tree/U.S. Forest Service program are among 64 schools and 14 school districts honored April 22 as by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green… Read more

Forest Service plants disease-resistant trees at 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania

June 7, 2013 - U.S. Forest Service-grown American elm trees were planted recently at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where a high-… Read more

Arbor Day a Celebration of Trees

June 7, 2013 - The U.S. Forest Service wants you to remember the last time you lay on the grass and looked up and were inspired by tree branches swaying in the breeze—or when you sat under an old oak tree feeling the rough bark of its trunk against your back. If you can’t… Read more

Celebrating the Civilian Conservation Corps

June 7, 2013 - On a recent cool, crisp spring morning in the mountains of Virginia, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 88 followed in the footsteps of the first “boys” of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC. The first… Read more

Rescued bobcat Chips returns to natural habitat

June 7, 2013 - Chips the bobcat, who was only four weeks old when she was rescued last August by U.S. Forest Service firefighter Tad Hair and his Mad River Hand hotshot crew, is now 8 months old and back in bobcat territory in Lassen County, Calif. Because of early human… Read more

A ‘wild’ experience with the Forest Service

June 7, 2013 - With the increased use of electronic devices and scheduled activities competing for children’s outdoor time, how can we strike a balance? There’s still hope by encouraging kids to get outdoors and to experience wild things. In March, the Klamath National… Read more

Forest Service innovation is helping make the Forever Stamp stick, well, forever

June 7, 2013 - Twenty years have passed since the U.S. Postal Service first started transitioning from lickable stamps to the peel-and-stick squares used today, thanks to the research… Read more

Cast your vote in a wood-burning stove contest

June 7, 2013 - Having an alternative way to heat your home in the winter months is crucial, especially in cold, rural parts of the country. Wood stoves can not only warm your house but could save you up to $260 in annual heating costs. You might even get a few hundred dollars in federal tax credits. The … Read more

Super-sized goldfish pose giant problem for Lake Tahoe

June 6, 2013 - Lake Tahoe, the country’s highest alpine lake, is no goldfish bowl. But U.S. Forest Service fish biologists with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit said they’re well-acquainted with the big goldfish – several pounds… Read more

National forest in Oregon going to the dogs for Iditarod hopefuls

June 3, 2013 - In the coming days there will be more bark in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. Starting Jan. 23 and spanning four days, a dozen teams will compete in the 200-, 100- and 62-mile contests of the… Read more

Community, natural resources focus of National Day of Service

June 3, 2013 - From planting fruit trees in a Richmond, Calif., edible forest to laying 32 feet of boardwalk to make an Atlanta urban forest accessible to everyone, U.S. Forest Service employees across the country joined their communities to make a difference as part of the… Read more

US Mint releases quarter honoring White Mountain National Forest

June 3, 2013 - The wind-whipped peaks that tower above the tree-filled valleys of the White Mountain National Forest have been a symbol of wild America since well before the first New England colonies were established. Now, the natural beauty that has drawn… Read more

Snowshoe race supports New Mexico forest’s trails

June 3, 2013 - Can you picture yourself running in a 5K race on a crisp winter morning at the top of a 10,678-foot, snow-covered peak in snowshoes? That's what approximately 150 adventurous people did when they competed in the 11th annual Sandia Snowshoe Race on Jan. 19, 2013. The race is sponsored by the … Read more