Feature Stories

Sustainability Success: Partnership diverts waste from landfills and helps animals

March 11, 2019 - Enrichment is essential for all animals. For animals housed in zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries, enrichment helps stimulate an animal’s senses by mimicking what they would experience in the wild. Hose2Habitat, a nonprofit based in Maryland,… Read more

Serving a legacy of conservation

March 1, 2019 - Arthur Carhart was just 11 years old when he penned his first essay on the Downey Woodpecker for the once popular magazine Women’s Home Companion. Over the next several years, Carhart would achieve a series of firsts. He was the first to graduate Iowa State College with a Bachelor of Science… Read more

Did the polar vortex and its freezing temperatures wipe out the Emerald Ash Borer?

February 28, 2019 - With some news stories suggesting that a majority of invasive species across the United States have been greatly reduced in numbers because of rare frigid temperature this winter it is understandable that some folks might think the battle of the invasive is close to being won. That assumption… Read more

Making Forests Stronger through Active Management

February 22, 2019 - For years, catastrophic wildfires have threatened forests throughout the country. Wildfires have increased in both size and severity, and with them the risks to communities, natural resources, and firefighter safety. Trees, grass, and shrubs, whether in vast wilderness areas or in the landscaping… Read more

World-class Winter Sports on Your National Forest

February 8, 2019 - Americans hit the slopes about 57 million times a year, and when they go, they spend billions of dollars. The USDA Forest Service plays a role in this industry—a big one. The National Forest System is home to 122 ski resorts. That’s just a quarter of the total across the U.S. Despite this, nearly… Read more

Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday to be celebrated in Parades and Parties all over the U.S.

February 4, 2019 - There are icons and then there is Smokey Bear. Iconic mascots and images come and go but Smokey and his one clear message “Only you can prevent wildfires” has stood the test of time—75 years to be exact. Smokey, who has never given an interview, has… Read more

Private forests, public benefits

December 21, 2018 - Privately-owned forests provide water, recreational opportunities, timber and other forest products, as well as habitat for fish and wildlife. However, as forests become fragmented by roads or converted to development, the benefits they provide can be compromised or lost altogether. Now a new… Read more

Fighting fire with fuel treatments: A shared stewardship approach

December 14, 2018 - Fire season now spans the entire year. Before summer even begins, forests are primed in large parts of the country for large fires that spread rapidly in trees that are  dehyrated from drought, compromised from fighting off bugs, and often competing for space in overly dense forests.  National… Read more

‘Noble’ Christmas Tree Illumines Capitol Hill

December 10, 2018 - With a brief countdown and the flick of a switch the towering US Capitol Christmas Tree, on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill, lit up the dark. Visitors from all across America, who stood in near… Read more

Rebuilding wet meadows through shared stewardship

November 26, 2018 - As another extreme drought in southwest Colorado lingers into fall, land managers continue to search for solutions to deal with severe water shortages. Low winter snow pack and record heat left much of the state scorched, and reservoirs have been far below their normal capacity since spring.… Read more

Tribal Resource Crews help restore national forests and archeological sites

November 19, 2018 - With an eye on to getting forests back to health after wildfires and other disturbances – and protecting cultural heritage sites – the USDA Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations sponsored a… Read more

Southern Timber Owners and Industry Hit Hard by Hurricane

November 14, 2018 - Hurricane Michael, which roared through the Gulf states on October 10, hit timberland owners and timber markets hard.   John Alter and his wife Elizabeth manage more than 1,000 acres in Malone, Florida, including 18 Tree Farm stands. The Alters were… Read more

USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement Investigators Support Drug Take Back Event

November 13, 2018 - By Michael Lofton   Prescription drug and opioid abuse has become a tragic epidemic with tremendous social and economic impacts, affecting communities and families of all sizes and from all socio-economic backgrounds.   “The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “… Read more

Scientists bring back the good earth

November 8, 2018 - “You can’t have a forest without a foundation of quality soil,” said Debbie Page-Dumroese, a soil scientist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky… Read more

Can You Claim Timber Damages from Hurricane or Fires on Your Taxes?

November 2, 2018 - By Linda Wang, Cooperative Forestry 2018 was another record year of hurricanes and fires, which have inflicted huge economic losses to timber landowners as well as homeowners with landscape trees.   The good news is that landowners may be able to deduct eligible losses on their tax returns, which… Read more

Devastating Fire Season Inspires Restoration Collaboration in the Spirit of Shared Stewardship

October 31, 2018 - Posted by Margee Haines, Cooperative Forestry, and Josh McDaniel   The summer of 2015 was exceptionally hot and dry in northern Idaho. Fuel moistures had dropped to alarming levels, and when a series of lightning storms moved across the region in early August, hundreds of fires flared up. A group… Read more

Celebrating Bat Benefits during Bat Week

October 24, 2018 - On August 10 of this year, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaimed October 24 through 31 to be National Bat Week. The Secretary’s proclamation was followed by proclamations from the governors of West… Read more

The Forest Service celebrates cross laminated timber during Forest Products Week

October 22, 2018 - From October 21-27, 2018, we celebrate the value of America’s forests and recognize how vital they are to our well-being and national prosperity during National Forest Products… Read more

Revolutionary carbon foam from wood

October 18, 2018 - Carbon foam—a stiff, porous structure formed from a web of carbon atoms—is the stuff of manufacturers’ dreams. The breakthrough material is strong but lightweight, non-flammable and able to maintain its performance at high temperatures, and capable of absorbing sound and radiation. This unique… Read more

Rivers and trails connect people to the outdoors

October 5, 2018 - Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law two landmark pieces of legislation: the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act. These Acts created the system of rivers and… Read more