Feature Stories

Break Away with the Kids for Spring Outdoor Activities

April 22, 2013 - Spring is here, and spring break is just around the corner or already underway. For parents everywhere trying to figure out how to keep their children amused, the answer can be simple: Get them outside! Spring is a great time to watch birds collect materials to build nests or to check out the buds… Read more

Great Lakes Greenhouse Gives Native Plants a Second Chance

April 22, 2013 - Biologists have long recognized the important role native plants play in maintaining a healthy forest. When native plants are crowded out by invasive plants, those native species can suffer to the point of extinction. Since the early 1990s, the Hiawatha… Read more

Forest Service Chief Tidwell Tours New York City’s Urban Forests

April 22, 2013 - When most people think of urban forestry in New York, they usually evoke Central Park, Frederick Olmstead’s crown jewel that covers 843 acres in the middle of bustling Manhattan. Most people, however, would only have a small part of the overall picture  – New York City manages 29,000 acres of… Read more

Who Says Research Can’t be Fun?

April 22, 2013 - If Morgan Grove had 30 seconds to brief any high-level official, he would simply describe his job as working to make cities better and safer places for people to live. “Our Forest Service research benefits the public in many ways — including having clean water to drink, safer living environments… Read more

Wasp watchers effective in ash borer search, study finds

April 15, 2013 - Volunteer wasp watchers represent an effective force multiplier in the early detection of the ash-killing, invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer, according to “Qualitative Analysis of Wasp Watchers,” a study posted on the Social Science… Read more

Moving Harper’s beauty off road

April 15, 2013 - The first week of March found a team of plant biologists down on their knees in a highway right-of-way in the Florida Panhandle searching for Harper’s beauty, one of Florida’s rarest native plants. A perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves,… Read more

Biting down on the origin of a tooth

April 15, 2013 - The big female sniffed at the dry Late Cretaceous air as she trotted – delicately, considering her 7-ton frame – along a game trail through a stand of towering conifers, whose needled lower branches trembled… Read more

A Day in Your Life with Invasive Species

April 15, 2013 - USDA has proclaimed April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to consider how invasive species can crawl, swarm or ooze their way into your daily life.  The fact is, invasive pests and diseases hunger for many of the same things we enjoy each day.  … Read more

USDA Seeks Applicants for Loan Funds to Create Rural Jobs

April 15, 2013 - Applications are being accepted starting today from qualified non-profit and public organizations (intermediaries) to provide loans to create jobs by promoting new business development. Funding will be made available… Read more

Forest Service honors outstanding achievements in conservation

April 15, 2013 - An educational program about bats, an effort to increase Dusky Canada goose breeding and an annual bird migration celebration are among the winners of the 2013 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards. The U.S. Forest Service awards were… Read more

Innovative partnership to protect Colorado Springs water supply

April 15, 2013 - The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Springs (Colo.) Utilities recently announced a new 5-year partnership to help restore the areas burned by the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire that tore through part of the west side of the city in 2012. Through the partnership,… Read more

Forest Service prairie may see bison again

April 15, 2013 - Today, roughly half-a-million bison dot the nation’s landscape, a far cry from the more than 20 to 30 million that once roamed much of North America. And while they have not been part of the Forest Service’s… Read more

Ski with a Ranger a breathtaking adventure

March 18, 2013 - But a new program pairs U.S. Forest Service rangers and guests at the Lake Tahoe Heavenly Mountain Resort for an hour-long, free, guided ski and snowboard tour. “When you attend a Ski… Read more

Threatened sea bird with a catchy name

March 15, 2013 - Marbled murrelets are not the background singers in a ‘60s band. Rather, they are a native sea bird species whose population south of Canada is declining. Like the Pacific Northwest’s iconic northern spotted owl, this small seabird’s nesting habitat may be threatened by the loss of coastal old-… Read more

Gardening, farming take root in New York City

March 5, 2013 - If your picture of New York City is skyscrapers and neon, consider expanding that image to include vegetable crops – a lot of vegetable crops – growing everywhere from ground level to rooftops. The Big Apple boasts the largest community gardening program in the United States, and one result is… Read more