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Roots to Shoots: Three Million Seedlings towards Restoration

A picture showing a large stack of small seedlings on a transport tray connected to a piece of farm equipment used for moving the seedlings around.
Nearly three million transplanted plugs, J. Herbert Stone NurseryAt the J. Herbert Stone Nursery, one of eight Forest Service nurseries, employees took on a massive task to transplant nearly three million seedlings, or plugs. This significant accomplishment by employees and contract workers happened in just 11 working days during the fall of 2021. The number of…
Nurseries, seedlings, planting, restoration

Celebrating Partnerships in the Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration Project

A tractor removing hazardous fuels
Editor’s note: The USDA Forest Service has committed its efforts to mitigating wildfire risk across 20 million acres of National Forests and up to an additional 30 million acres of other Federal, State, Tribal, and private lands as a part of the agency’s 10- year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis.  This article illustrates how working across boundaries will be essential for that success…
restoration, fuel reduction, shared stewardship, mitigation

Planting new hope in the Umpqua River basin

A picture of a small tree seedling.
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 BarcasEditor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience. Wildfires create more than 80…
restoration, fire, wildfire, forestry, forest health, forest management, vegetation, partnerships, contracts, umpqua

Hurricane Recovery for Forest and Conservation Nurseries

A picture showing several nursery-grown seedlings in several pots and all lined up.
In September 2017, back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the nurseries at the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands Agriculture Experiment Station. Tree Planters Notes Photo/Michael Morgan Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones have caused devastating damage to nearly all of the American-Affiliated islands during…
Nurseries, seedlings, reforestation, and Genetics Resources, RNGR, state and private forestry, restoration, hurricane, cyclone, typhoon, forest service

Volunteers experience the power of service and healing in the rainforest

A picture of Ricardo Burke, Forest Therapy participant, shown here with his hand wrapped around a small tree.
View from El Yunque National Forest towards Municipality of Luquillo on the Northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Forest Service Photo/Kathleen McGinley. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 hurricane devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Amidst the devastation was the El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest…
Forest Bathing, Forest Therapy, hurricane, El Yunque National Forest, national public lands day, volunteer, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, restoration

Art bridges the gap between nature and people

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Deborah Finch has always been drawn to streams and rivers, and particularly to the riparian woods full of songbirds, woodpeckers, salamanders, and other native plants and animals found alongside these watercourses. In her youth, Finch who is now scientist with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, was unaware that many non-native trees were invading these bountiful and…
riparian, restoration, ConservationEducation, science, art, research, collaboration