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The grassroots of our urban forests

Staff from American Samoa Community College Forestry Department show students the process of planting trees in their neighborhoods. (Photo Courtesy of DJ Sene, Forestry Program Manager & Territorial Forester , American Samoa Community College)
Miranda Hutten, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager in the Pacific Southwest Region, shows her support for urban trees with Miru Osuga and Tien Wieber at the California State Fair.  (USDA Forest Service photo)  For a moment, imagine your neighborhood… your big city downtown…

Cross-boundary partnership brings together lands and people to prevent future wildfires

A group of people on a Forest Service tour in a forested area.
Forest Service and partners during a field tour on the San Juan National Forest. (The Forest Stewards Guild photo by Esme Cadiente) Across the arid Southwest, prolonged drought, increased fuel loading and past fire exclusion left many communities at risk for catastrophic wildfire."We've been…
partnerships, wildfire prevention, CFLRP, Rio Chama, new mexico, Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, fire prevention

Planting new hope in the Umpqua River basin

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A sugar pine seedling grows within the Archie Creek Fire scar. Seedlings are planted in the early spring so they are not damaged by hot and dry summer weather. Forest Service photo by Adrienne Barcas Editor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront…
restoration, fire, wildfire, forestry, forest health, forest management, vegetation, partnerships, contracts, umpqua

Let it snow! Great American Outdoors Act and local partnerships give Wyoming trail system new life

A picture of a wood constructed bridge in a dense forested area.
A groomed path leads into the Willow Creek area (Photo Credit: Rio Rose, Lander Cycling Club) Every time snow covers the ground, it brings magical opportunities to reconnect with nature. The snow muffles all sound as you cross-country ski except the snow crunching under your skis and offers an almost…
Great American Outdoors Act, recreation, partnerships, youth corps, winter

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. [[{"fid":"41321…
partnerships, california

Secretary’s Column: new approach to conservation creates new partnerships, new jobs

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When USDA unveiled the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program last year, I said that this effort would pioneer a new era of conservation. As of today, the program is doing just that—leveraging an unprecedented three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar investment in projects to preserve clean land and water and create new jobs across the country. One of the innovative programs in the…
conservation, farm bill, food farm and jobs bill, jason weller, NRCS, partnerships, regional conservation partnership program, tom vilsack, secretarys column