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Where the city meets the forest

Tops of trees as look down on small homes tucked in a valley.
Los Angeles skyline with the Angeles National Forest in the background. (USDA Forest Service photo by Andrew Avitt)Editor’s note: The Forest Service, now in its second year of implementing its Wildfire Crisis Strategy, is treating 11 additional landscapes across the country to help reduce wildfire risk to communities. Combined with the initial 10…
california, fuel reduction, Confronting the Wildfire Crisis, landscapes, forest fires

Trails in Transformation

Two people sitting on a forest hillside looking up the mountain. One person is pointing at something off camera.
California Conservation Corps crew member Louie de los Reyes and Inyo National Forest staff member Natalia Muglia use a chain and winch to move a boulder to restabilize a portion of the John Muir Trail within the Inyo National Forest August 17, 2022. The repair project was made possible with funding from the Great American Outdoors Act. (USDA Forest…
california, trail maintenance, Great American Outdoors Act

Many Hands Tippin’ Torches

Wildland firefighters working to clear limbs and other flamable material in preparation for a prescribed burn.
On several occasions, precipitation pushed the Stanislaus landscape prescribed fire operation outside prescription. Crews turned to prep work within planned burn units. (USDA Forest Service Photo by Deanna Younger)For a month in early summer 2023, firefighters, caterers, medics and other support personnel flocked to a section of California’s Highway 108…
prescribed fire, firefighters, wildland firefighting, california

Lights, Camera, Adoration as Sugar Bear Gleams

A picture of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree lit up in front of the U.S. Capitol.
This year Michael Mavris, a fifth grader from Del Norte, California who won a poetry contest about the US Capitol Christmas tree got the honors of flipping the switch that officially illuminated Sugar Bear.For over 50 years the USDA Forest Service’s Christmas gift to the nation, the US Capitol Christmas Tree, has inspired the imagination of millions. …
capitol christmas tree, christmas, six rivers, california

Partnership Protects Public Access in a Landscape Fit for a King

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A stunning landscape called Castle Valley, near Lake Tahoe, is the heart of one of the most heavily-used backcountry recreation areas in the northern Sierra Nevada region of California. The 400-plus acre valley is also a primary access point to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that winds its way through the Sierra’s, providing picturesque vistas and some solitude. Because of its key…
partnerships, california

Chinese Cultural History in the American West Put in Spotlight by Forest Service, Partners

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The often-forgotten footprints of Chinese immigrant laborers cover the floor of America’s national forests, railroads and mines. These laborers left behind physical and cultural remnants of the past woven into the fabric of our country. The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with The Chinese American Historical Society and others to ensure the legacy of these early American immigrants is long…
california, China, forestry, FS, historic preservation, immigrants, nevada, Stanislaus National Forest