Feature Stories

US Capitol Christmas Tree and its Big Star Arrives in Washington, D.C.

November 27, 2017 - For many in the D.C. area, the arrival of the towering Capitol Christmas Tree means the holiday season has begun. Every year local residents and tourists from all over the country, as well as delegations from the state that provides the tree, come to view the official lighting of what is fondly… Read more

Innovative new partnership will accelerate much needed restoration work on public and private lands

November 27, 2017 - Decades of aggressive fire suppression have left many Western U.S. forests, like those in California, overgrown and susceptible to wildfires of increasing frequency and severity. These fires endanger lives, communities, and wildlife habitat and compromise both water and air quality. And what many… Read more

Talking Turkey: Forest Service and National Wild Turkey Federation Bringing Back Native Turkey Habitats

November 21, 2017 - Did you know that the wild turkey nearly triumphed over the bald eagle as the symbol of America? Yes, it’s true. Proponents as luminous as Benjamin Franklin once advocated for the turkey to be the symbol on the Great Seal of The United States. That’s all history now, but the turkey remains of… Read more

Growing Opportunities beneath the Tree Canopy

November 15, 2017 - Did you know that some plants prefer to be grown in the shade? Forest farming is an agroforestry practice used to intentionally cultivate plants, mushrooms, and other crops under the forest canopy. This practice allows landowners to… Read more

Fire and bud sprouts: New study looks at how fire affects plants on our national grasslands

November 9, 2017 - Life on our national grasslands, some of the most distinct and treasured ecosystems in the world, depends on regrowth from buds, rather than seeds. Those endless expanses of grass exist because of plant buds, and at this time of year grasses have finished forming buds beneath the earth’s surface,… Read more

Improving urban health through green space

November 2, 2017 - While city living has its share of conveniences, stressors like traffic congestion, pollution, and weakened social ties threaten the health and well-being of many urban dwellers. Such factors can lead to a range of mental and physical health concerns. For example, stress is linked to negative… Read more

Learning Together about America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

October 30, 2017 - Nearly 13,000 miles of river are protected in their free-flowing state under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. These rivers are recognized for their scenic, recreational, historic, or cultural values as well as being home to pristine and unique fish and wildlife habitat. There is no other such… Read more

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