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Common Interests Potential Solution to Deferred Maintenance

A picture of a developed campground site with several recreational vehicles seen parked at campsites.
Campgrounds and recreation facilities on the Inyo National Forest need improvement due to aging and undermaintained infrastructure. The National Forest has 93 campgrounds in need of various levels of repair. (USDA Forest Service photo) Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a series exploring the role of innovation finance in forest management. One major…
Innovation Finance, budget, forestry, camping, outdoors, recreation, deferred maintenance

Relax – We have last-minute stocking stuffers, gift ideas

A 1933 Forest Service Bulletin front page that has Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and everyone on it.
This America the Beautiful annual pass is good for one full year from the date of purchase, and can be that special gift that keeps giving. Although room under the Christmas tree has become crowded and the stockings increasingly stuffed, there's one gift that might be the largest in the world, but which still might fit – the great outdoors. We have a few outdoorsy…
conservation education, gift-gifting, forestry, kids, recreation

Going Outdoors While Social Distancing

Chris French, Deputy Chief of the National Forest System enjoys a solo hike in ‘America’s Backyard.’
Chris French, Deputy Chief of the National Forest System enjoys a solo hike in ‘America’s Backyard.’ Photo/Chris French The idiom ‘be careful what you wish for’ is likely coming to roost for those of us who love to show off 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. We are learning that in a time when space is needed, you are finding solace and…
recreation, National Forest System, forestry, COVID-19, grasslands

New tool tests management strategies for ecosystem resilience

Prescribed fire in Ponderosa Pine Forests in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. United States
Participants listen to a presentation on fire simulation models at a kick-off workshop hosted by Northern Arizona, the Forest Service, and other partners to identify critical climate-fire interactions in Albuquerque, NM. Northern Arizona University Photo/Corrine Dolan The USDA Forest Service has developed a new risk-assessment tool that helps scientists and…
forest fires, forestry, forest service, FireCLIME, wildfire, ecosystems, ecology, rocky mountain research station, Forest Conditions

The Segregationist Past of the ‘Green Pastures’ Recreation Site

After the war, Green Pastures was renovated and re-opened as an integrated public site. In 1963, it was renamed “Longdale Recreation Area” after the surrounding community.
Imagine that it’s 1936. The Great Depression is in its seventh year, more than 20% of Americans are unemployed, and in five years the country will enter the fray of World War II. Many Americans are left with little more than the comfort of friends, family and the great outdoors. And, if you are one of the 11 million Americans who is not white, you and your family are barred from many areas,…
George Washington Jefferson National Forest, forestry, recreation, Black History, NAACP, Green Pastures, Longdale, virginia, Conservation Corps, partnership, diversity

Partnership Efforts to Address Australia Wildfires

A picture of the Angeles Hot shot crew walking in an open, dry grass area, helping in the fight of Australian bushfires.
A Hot shot crew from the Angeles National Forest aid in the fight of Australian bushfires. Forest Service Photo/John Merager. As wildfires, or “bushfires”, burn throughout Australia, the USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior continue to deploy wildfire personnel to assist with fire suppression efforts. The two departments have sent more than 200…
FAM, Fire and Aviation Management, forest fires, forestry, forest service, International Disasters, International Programs Office, national interagency fire center, wildland fire, australia, fire, partnership, Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council