Feature Stories

A Food Forest Grows in Atlanta

May 4, 2018 - The USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP) partners with local governments, Indian tribes, and qualified nonprofit organizations to acquire and… Read more

Why the USDA Forest Service Monitors Air Quality during Wildland Fires

May 3, 2018 - Air Quality Awareness Week raises mindfulness about the importance of air quality issues. The USDA Forest Service commemorates the week and its 2018 theme “Air Quality Where You Are” with partners. This year, the Forest Service is featuring one… Read more

Where Your Front Door Meets the Forest

April 19, 2018 - How to make your home Firewise. (From www.firewise.org)  More and more communities are now near or within forests. In fact the area where unoccupied land and human development meet has a name and it’s called the Wildland Urban Interface, or WUI. The WUI is the most challenging area of the… Read more

Tribal Members Trained and Hired to Hunt for Resources of Cultural Value

April 13, 2018 - White Mountain Apache tribal member Gregg Henry hiked along the southwest landscape of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona with the specific intention to identify and record sacred places. “I’m Apache. I’m from here,” Henry said. “I know… Read more

Helping Forestland Owners Navigate the Tax Code

April 6, 2018 - Since Congress overhauled the federal tax code in December 2017, forest landowners and timber business owners have scrambled to figure out how the new changes will affect them in 2018. Fortunately, USDA Forest Service Forest Taxation… Read more

Blast Testing Shows CLT Can Take the Heat

April 2, 2018 - At the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), researchers sometimes get a little destructive. They bend and break wood samples of all sizes, and even… Read more

International Day of Forests and Egypt’s Bright Food Future

March 22, 2018 - International Day of Forests is a day to celebrate the significant contributions of the world’s forests. The U.S. Forest Service commemorates the day and its 2018 theme “… Read more

Finding low-cost way to produce a high-value product

March 19, 2018 - Measuring one million times less than the width of a human hair, graphene is harder than diamonds and 200 times stronger than steel. Small, strong, and flexible, it is the most conductive material on earth and has the potential to charge a cell phone in just five seconds or to upload a terabit of… Read more

Improving the resiliency and productivity of farmlands through agroforestry

March 7, 2018 - When Holly and Barry Mawby arrived on their farm in Esmond, North Dakota in 2011, they discovered windbreaks that had not been cared for in decades. They quickly realized that they were in jeopardy of losing what little protection they had from the brutal winds.  Farmers are challenged by ever-… Read more

How the Military Helps Protect Natural Landscapes

February 21, 2018 - Home to the premier restricted military airspace for unmanned aircraft system training in the western U.S., Army base Fort Huachuca supports training for personnel from the Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. Border Patrol. But it also serves as an example… Read more

New tool helps California land managers predict tree mortality

February 5, 2018 - From 2006 through 2016, more than 100 million trees died in California due to the combined impacts of drought and bark beetles. Although tree mortality is part of… Read more

Tracking forest sustainability to meet U.S. and international goals

January 29, 2018 - Sustaining the nation’s forests to provide lasting benefits to the people of the United States is at the core of the USDA Forest Service’s mission, and the agency is building the tools and data to support this mission. Specifically, Forest Service scientists… Read more

Preparing for the unexpected and expected

January 19, 2018 - Creating forests that can adapt and survive natural disturbances like wildland fires is a core mission of the USDA Forest Service. As has been recently witnessed by millions of TV viewers across the county, forests in California need to be able to bounce back following disturbances so that… Read more

Sustaining the Forests of the Mississippi Headwaters

January 12, 2018 - The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River flow through Camp Ripley, a military facility that serves as the National Guard training center for Minnesota and six surrounding states. Straddling 50 miles of the Mississippi River, the area also includes the watersheds of four major tributary… Read more

The Coming Age of Wood

January 5, 2018 - Some people are just way ahead of their time. In the mid-20th century, when most people thought of wood as an archaic and low-tech material, Egon Glesinger foresaw the revolutionary role it would play in our future, described in his book The Coming Age of Wood. Scientists in the Northern Research… Read more

Art bridges the gap between nature and people

December 18, 2017 - Deborah Finch has always been drawn to streams and rivers, and particularly to the riparian woods full of songbirds, woodpeckers, salamanders, and other native plants and animals found alongside these watercourses. In her youth, Finch who is now scientist with the Read more

From Montana with Light

December 6, 2017 - “Three…two…one!” And with this countdown the journey of three thousand miles for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Montana’s Kootenai National Forest comes to end or just begins for those who have… Read more

The Promise of Biochar for Forests, Grasslands, and Farms

December 3, 2017 - Prehistoric Indians living in the Amazon rain forest often spent their entire lives living and growing crops in one location, a feat accomplished by burning unwanted vegetation and putting the black carbon material into the soil. The resulting Terra Preta, literally meaning black earth soil, of… Read more