Feature Stories

How the Forest Service restores public lands now and in the future

August 10, 2018 - More than 80 million acres of national forests are at risk from insect infestations, the impacts of prolonged drought, and the too frequent devastation caused by catastrophic wildfire. And the USDA Forest Service has a responsibility to the American public to… Read more

Weeds, trees, and property lines and good neighbors

August 3, 2018 - I once lived in a home where fighting lawn weeds seemed a never-ending task. This was a new housing development. Pickets tied with bits of pink ribbon still clearly showed where our property began and ended, and they were handy for helping me determine where I could put in my fence and where I… Read more

Before these caterpillars become moths, they unite to destroy forests

July 23, 2018 - A caterpillar that’s been rarely observed in the wild is about to join with another species of inch worms to wreak destruction upon two national forests in New Mexico. The culprit, called Janet’s looper… Read more

Forest Service trails are where adventures begin

July 20, 2018 - Journeys can lead us to destinations of breathtaking beauty, test our courage, and challenge the limits of our endurance. It all starts with your first step on a wilderness trail. The USDA Forest Service offers lots of opportunities for this type of adventure.… Read more

Illegal Marijuana Sites Can’t Hide from Science

July 11, 2018 -
The problem of illegal marijuana farms on national forests is, pardon the pun, growing. Although marijuana is now legal in California and other parts of the U.S., illegal marijuana growing is still a billion dollar industry with international tentacles. “Twenty years ago the people who… Read more

Cooperative Forestry Act Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Private Forest Owners

June 29, 2018 - When most people think of forested lands in our country what comes to mind are public wild lands like the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon or the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. But the reality is most forests in America, nearly sixty percent… Read more

Proactive Fuel Breaks Protect Nearly $1 Billion in Homes, Infrastructure During Colorado Wildfire

June 29, 2018 -
When the Buffalo Fire sparked on the White River National Forest on June 12, the flames stopped short of nearly 1,400 residences near Silverthorne, Colorado. But, it wasn’t just the air support from firefighting helicopters and… Read more

Want to help bees? Take a break from lawn mowing

June 20, 2018 - Across the globe, native bee species are having trouble. Populations of bees have experienced severe declines that are largely attributed to the loss of habitat. If you have a lawn, you may be able to reverse this trend: All you have to do is be a little lazy and, depending on your neighborhood,… Read more

Private Investment Will Jump Start Rural Economy

June 15, 2018 - Ringed by miles of abandoned coal mines, the Wayne National Forest is surrounded by some of the most economically distressed communities in southern Ohio. A unique partnership with private investors, local leaders, a university, and nonprofit partners is… Read more

Our Drinking Water and Forest Service Research

June 7, 2018 - Behind every drop of water from the tap is an entire forest ecosystem. And while it’s easy to take drinking water for granted, you might be surprised to learn that the nation’s largest single source of waterRead more

Death of Bald Eagle Yields Life Lessons for West Virginia Students

June 1, 2018 - Most educators agree that experiential learning makes a more lasting impression on students than classroom lectures. It’s the reason why Cindy Bryant and Greg Phillips, both teachers from Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, WV, put in the hard work to organize an overnight field trip for… Read more

A living memorial to mitigate wildfire risk

May 25, 2018 - On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire – the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 80 years – broke out in Arizona’s Yavapai County, killing 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters. Since then, local residents and land managers have taken steps… Read more

The Many Benefits of Energy Development on Forest Service Lands

May 21, 2018 - When you think of energy and mineral production, you don’t normally think about the USDA Forest Service. Green mountainsides, birch tree canopies, or pine-lined roadways may come to mind. But, underneath those forests and grasslands lies a wealth of energy and mineral resources. These mineral and… Read more

2018 Predicted to be Challenging Wildfire Year

May 11, 2018 - Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen briefed members of Congress yesterday on… Read more

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