Feature Stories

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

Coming Together for Healthy People and Places in Metro Denver

July 19, 2017 - The Metro Denver Area – seven counties along Colorado’s Front Range – is full of nature and people, and growing rapidly. Consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, Metro Denver is home to… Read more

How Cold Climate Communities Eat and Heat Locally

July 12, 2017 - Alaska’s Southeast Island School District operates four bioenergy-heated greenhouses in Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati Bay, and Coffman Cove. Each greenhouse provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria and surrounding communities, jobs for district students, and an opportunity for teachers to… Read more

Your Next Trip to the Great Outdoors Helps the Economy

July 5, 2017 - When a family packs up their car for a trip out to their national forests and grasslands, they create more than just memories. They create jobs. Nearly three-quarters of Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland. Every year national forests and grasslands receive nearly 150… Read more

Canoeing Across Urban America: Coming to a City Near You

June 22, 2017 - Millions of people across the country set out each year to find the perfect spot to partake in their favorite outdoor activity, often traveling to remote places far from the bustle of city life. And many folks know that forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service are home to some of… Read more

Don’t Spoil Summer Fun by Forgetting Safety

June 19, 2017 - The U.S. Forest Service has 193 million acres of beautiful national forests and grasslands for all of us to visit and summer is a great time to do get outside and enjoy them. The… Read more

The People Who Make U.S. National Wildland Fire Management the Best in the World

June 9, 2017 - Boise, Idaho is famous among college football fans for the blue turf on the Boise State University Broncos’ field. But in wildland fire management circles, the city is just as well-known as home of the National Interagency Fire Center or NIFC. NIFC… Read more

When your community is on the fire line

June 1, 2017 - Reducing fire risk is not the responsibility of one agency or group, but of everyone who lives and works in a community. And it’s important to remember that wildland fire is a natural process within certain ecosystem. However, large wildfires, more prevalent in recent years, can threaten lives and… Read more

From Trees to Paper – And the Many Benefits Our National Forests Provide

May 16, 2017 - Our national forest lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service offer many benefits. For instance, they provide great recreation, beautiful vistas to take-in nature and help keep our air and water clean. Trees have been on earth for millions of years and provide… Read more

Caring for the Land and Serving People through Agroforestry

April 19, 2017 - People become interested in agroforestry for a wide range of reasons including improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, reducing soil erosion, and increasing crop and livestock production. Agroforestry, the intentional combination of trees with crops or livestock, is designed to… Read more

Protecting the Marten with Citizen Science

April 17, 2017 - Martens are a larger relative of the weasel with a cute face and bushy tail. They have roamed the coastal mountain regions including the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park for centuries, but recent sightings have drastically declined.… Read more

Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water

April 10, 2017 - Culverts provide an abundance of benefits to us every day. They allow us to pass over water, and for fish and wildlife to pass beneath us. And they allow us to go about our daily lives and ideally, for fish and wildlife to do the same. But when they’re badly designed, the results can be disastrous… Read more

Build Better, Stronger, Faster with CLT

April 6, 2017 - The U.S. Forest Service is working to build markets for innovative forest products. One of these products, cross-laminated timber, also known as CLT, offers an opportunity for Read more

Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires

March 23, 2017 - What if there was an endless fuel source that came from widely available natural waste products? And what if converting these products to energy supported tens of thousands of rural jobs? Wood can be just that fuel. In many places, it already is. The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand… Read more