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Producing Top Quality Wool

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Marine Corps Officer in a 1960s era wool uniform. (Photo courtesy of Eric Davis)From the sweater you wear, to airplane carpets, wool is one of the most incredible fibers in the world. It can keep you warm, its ability to absorb almost a third of its weight in water can keep you dry, and its low level of combustion can even keep you safe. Each year, American sheep…
farming, livestock, grazing, conservation, wool, land management, military

Protecting Martens with Citizen Science

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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 (ONF) for centuries, but recent sightings have drastically declined—there have only been a few verifiable sightings of the Pacific marten (Martes caurina) in the Forest since 1988, which is concerning to biologists.  One of those…
citizen science, wildlife, conservation, volunteer, marten

Small variations in breeding pools make for big differences in Yosemite toad use

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The Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus) is a rare species found exclusively in California’s Sierra Nevada. While its range encompasses hundreds of miles, spanning five national forests and two national parks, the livelihood and future survival of this federally threatened species may come down to mere centimeters. According to research by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest…
conservation, pacific southwest research station, yosemite toad

Join the Bat Squad and Pull for Bats during Bat Week

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Bats have quite the list of positive effects in our world, from the billions of dollars they save in pesticides to natural pollination and seed spreading. Bats eat about one-half of their body weight in insects each night. We need bats. In honor of our furry, flying mammal friends, consider pulling for bats during Bat Week from Oct. 24-31. You can make a difference, whether you get a…
Agriculture, bat houses, bat week, bats, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, conservation, education, food, forestry, FS, Halloween, pollination, smokey bear, white-nose syndrome, wisconsin

New Research Provides Insights into Sage Grouse DNA

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The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird that lives in the American West’s sagebrush landscape. It’s also a species at the center of a nationwide debate focused on how best to manage its habitat to balance multiple uses and ensure the bird’s long-term survival. And the dialogue has just been informed by new information from a genetics study that has validated the primary…
bureau of land management, conservation, forestry, FS, NRCS, rocky mountain research station, Sage-grouse, Sage-Grouse Initiative, University of Montana

Citizen Science is Sound Science Provided by You

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Have you ever seen a cool bird in your backyard and wondered if there was some way to share what you saw with others? Better yet, have you thought about sharing your observations and having them used to help study and conserve those birds? These thoughts are an indicator that you might have the makings of a great citizen scientist! The Forest Service is engaged in a wide…
citizen science, conservation, forestry, FS, volunteers