Feature Stories

After the Storm, Who Takes Care of the Trees?

October 26, 2017 - Thousands of federal, state, and private agencies have been deployed to areas that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. These first responders are there to help the people in the storm’s path. However, there is another group of responders that go into storm-ravaged towns to… Read more

Celebrating Bat Benefits during Bat Week!

October 24, 2017 - By the time October comes around, store shelves are stocked with Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations. Bats are often situated among this imagery, whether as silhouettes in the background or as blood-sucking monsters. But bats are none of these things. They are primarily nocturnal, they make… Read more

Wood Energy as a Tool for Forest Restoration

October 18, 2017 - As we celebrate National Bioenergy Day on 18 October, part of National Forest Products Week, we can appreciate the role that wood energy plays in helping to restore forests across the country. Wood energy represents an innovative market for forest material that often cannot find another use. Many… Read more

Protecting the Forest Products Economy and Tortoise Habitat in Georgia

October 16, 2017 - Sansavilla lies at the heart of Georgia’s forest industry. Its well-managed forests annually support more than 130 timber-related jobs and contribute $13.2 million in timber sales and shipments. The area also supports prime habitat for the gopher tortoise, a keystone species found in the sandy… Read more

Strengthening Community Resilience

October 5, 2017 - Sweet sourwood honey flowed, and pickled banana peppers, beets, pearl onions and more stood proud in the Cherokee Fall Festival in Cherokee, North Carolina. There was also stunning, blue ribbon-worthy sewing and needlepoint, plenty of fresh cobs of Indian corn, and vibrant gourds and squash in… Read more

Autumn Splendor in the Grasslands

October 4, 2017 - America’s National Grasslands are in full color now as once-a-year blooms like asters, goldenrods, blazing stars, and more take their perennial – and all too fleeting – bows on fall’s stage. Like leaves, grasses and flora give seasonal shout-outs… Read more

Forensics of Forests

October 2, 2017 - Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is any genetic material from an organism released into the surrounding environment. It can come from skin cells shed by a fish into the water or from plant cells cast onto the soil. By collecting this DNA and analyzing it in the lab, biologists learn what plants and… Read more

Learn, Play, Serve on National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2017 - National forests and grasslands deliver countless benefits to the American people. They support economies. They create jobs. They’re home to countless species of fish and wildlife. They offer world-class recreation opportunities. They purify our water and air. The list goes on.   National Public… Read more

Engaging with Tribes is a Win-Win

September 25, 2017 - The U.S Forest Service supports sustainable stewardship of 18 million acres of forest lands on Indian reservations. And of all the acres held in trust for tribes and individuals, nearly 4,000 miles border Forest Service lands. Despite this large amount of… Read more

Go Where the Wild Colors Are

September 21, 2017 - Fall is here, and unlike other seasons of the year, fall never comes in like a lion or a mouse; it just radiates with the beauty of the landscape as it changes to colors of brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. A lot of folks aren’t aware that an amazing change of colors also happens in our… Read more

One can be the deadliest number when it comes to invasive species

September 19, 2017 - When the redbay ambrosia beetle, native to Asia, was first detected in coastal Georgia in 2002, it didn’t set off any alarm bells. All ambrosia beetles carry fungi that serve as a food source for adults and larvae living in tunnels under the bark of host trees and shrubs. Usually, these fungi aren… Read more

Hunting and fishing are pastimes enjoyed by 82 million Americans

September 18, 2017 - There is art in the sport of hunting and fishing, a tradition often borne from the marriage between the need to provide food for the family and the love of the outdoors. For some, it is a deeply rooted and cherished family custom. Others, by comparison, are newcomers. Regardless of where they come… Read more

Strengthening communities by ensuring nature’s benefits

September 15, 2017 - Drinking water, wood products, clean air, foraged foods, scenic vistas. These are some of the things that come to mind when many of us are thinking about nature’s benefits to people. And this is why the U.S. Forest Service works to highlight the connections… Read more

Massive mine clean-up restores landscape; contributes millions to local economy

September 13, 2017 - Deep in the heart of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, above Lake Chelan, a dramatic sight has unfolded for the last five summers as dozens of bulldozers, graders, loaders and excavators worked to reshape a rock-strewn… Read more

How the Forest Service Helped Shape our Nation’s Disaster Preparedness Framework

September 11, 2017 - In 2001, Forest Service Incident Management Teams and crews responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11th with a well-coordinated response of multiple local, state, and federal emergency personnel. Our response to this national crisis… Read more

Cleaning Up Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

August 24, 2017 - Viscous, stratified, and hot to the touch, a five-gallon water tank bubbled with unknown chemicals at an illegal marijuana grow site in California’s San Bernardino National Forest. Marijuana growers most likely planned to use this brew as a… Read more

Ski areas on national forests slowly zipping toward year-round expanded recreation

August 23, 2017 - The 122 ski areas that operate all or partially on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service have long acted as developed gateways to introduce visitors to other recreation activities and benefits, such as hiking, access to cool, clean water or wildlife watching… Read more

While your eyes are on the sky, keep your mind on safety

August 16, 2017 - A solar eclipse is a marvel to behold. Finding yourself in the narrow path where the sun is totally eclipsed is a rare opportunity. On August 21, millions of people are expected to flock to this "… Read more

Planning for the future of America’s forests and rangelands

August 9, 2017 - Wildfire, insect infestations, drought, and disease outbreaks are increasing the vulnerability of forests and rangelands in the U.S.  At the same time, a growing population is increasing demands for goods and services from these ecosystems. Seeking to identify and address these concerns, the U.S.… Read more

Turning Up the Heat – Fires Test Performance of Tall Wood Buildings

July 27, 2017 - Wood buildings provide an array of economic and environmental benefits to their communities, and interest in capitalizing on those benefits by constructing mid to high-rise buildings using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is growing. CLT is made from layers of dried lumber boards stacked in… Read more