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Celebrate Fall Season With Free Access to Public Lands on Sept. 28

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The crisp fall air provides an invigorating environment for outdoor activity.  What better time to visit and volunteer on our national forests and grasslands than on Sept. 28, for the 20th annual National Public Lands Day and second annual National Tribal Lands Day. This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands sponsored by the …
bats, children, forestry, invasive, national forest, national grassland, trees, tribal, national public lands, tom tidwell

Smurfs Encourage Kids to Get Outdoors

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Little blue gnome-like creatures helped the U.S. Forest Service kick off its latest campaign to get people out into the woods. Partnering with the Ad Council and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Forest Service recently launched its Discover the Forest campaign featuring the Smurfs and their new movie, The Smurfs 2. Studies have shown that the time children in the United States…
Ad Council, forest service, cleveland, national forest, discover the forest, forestry, neil patrick harris, pacific southwest region, smurfs, wildlife

Native Peoples Honored with Trail in Oregon National Forest

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The Alsea were a tribe of Native Americans who, for thousands of years, lived along the central Oregon Coast. In 1901 anthropologist Livingston Farrand predicted their loss in “Notes on the Alsea Indians of Oregon.” On June 1, the City of Yachats, a small coastal city in Oregon, joined with the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks to celebrate National Trails Day…
forest service, forestry, collaboration, hiking, native american, oregon, siuslaw, national forest, trails

Veterans restore historic site on North Carolina’s Uwharrie National Forest

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Under a new program to help veterans re-enter civilian life and find career-oriented employment, eight military veterans visited the Uwharrie National Forest near Asheboro, N.C. As part of their summer program to gain experience in developing historic preservation skills, they restored a historic site of farm buildings on the forest.  “I recognized the importance of preserving these…
forestry, thornburg farm, uwharrie, national forest, historicorps, student conservation program

They’re back! Web cam catches sockeye salmon returning to Tongass spawning grounds

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Through the end of August, you will get the chance to be entertained as sockeye salmon swim along Alaska’s Steep Creek as the adults spawn before swimming to their deaths. The Forest Service has placed the salmon cam in the creek on the Tongass National Forest so viewers world-wide have the opportunity to view fish in their natural setting. The ability to watch salmon in the wild is a…
forest service, sockeye, salmon, tongass, national forest, webcam, wildlife

Life’s a hoot for owlets saved from wildfire

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As the flames from the recent Carstens Fire in the Sierra National Forest approached, two baby Western screech owls huddled abandoned in a nest. Then, without warning, the tree that was their home came crashing down to the ground. Firefighters working to contain the quickly-spreading fire had cut down the tree to build a fire control line. Too young to fly, the baby owls tumbled to the ground…
forest service, forestry, owls, birds of prey, sierra, national forest, wildlife, rescue