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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.  Standing…
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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…
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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

Giant Sequoia Trees Face “Drying” Times

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“A mature Giant Sequoia can use 500-800 gallons of water every day during the summer,” said Anthony Ambrose, a tree biologist at U.C. Berkeley. “That’s a lot of water necessary for just one tree.” For the first time in at least 125 years, Giant Sequoias in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California are showing significant amounts of “dieback” in their foliage due to several years of…
california, Carnegie Airborne Observatory, drought, forestry, FS, sequoia, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, trees, U.S. Geological Survey, university of california-berkeley

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

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By Tom Fry, Western Conservation Director, American Forest Foundation Tom Fry is the Western Conservation Director of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF and the U.S. Forest Service hold a long-standing partnership in pursuit of protecting and conserving the important forest benefits that come from family and individually owned forest lands across the United States and ensuring the next…
American Forest Foundation, california, clean water, colorado, forestry, FS, oregon, watershed, wildfire, woodland owner

Protecting Sage Grouse for Future Generations…One Seed at a Time

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The need for food and shelter for wildlife to survive is basic, particularly for sage grouse living in a post-wildfire landscape in western states. The U.S. Forest Service is helping this upland game bird survive by growing about 3 million sagebrush shrubs a year to restore the area’s dry, grassy plains, essential for the bird’s nesting grounds. “Our goal is to help…
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