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Science says thinned forests are healthy forests

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Overgrown forests are one of the key contributing factors to the current wildfire crisis in the West. The new Forest Service strategy on Confronting the Wildfire Crisis outlines the agency’s plan for increasing fuels and forest health treatments to create healthier forests and reduce the risk to communities. Overgrown forests like the that on the left are a key…
wildfire, science, healthy forests, thinning

A Look Back at 2021

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Since the USDA Forest Service launched its Internet presence over 25 years ago nearly a thousand feature stories have been written and posted, highlighting the important work we do with our partners across the country. These articles highlight just some of the notable stories over the last year, the breadth of the work we do, and the contribution it makes to forest health, communities, and the…
recreation, science, shared stewardship, fire, safety, healthy forests, technology, employees

Change your resolution, and you can likely change your view

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Let’s face it. New Year’s resolutions sometimes lead us to failure. The obligatory lose weight, travel, or get a new job sometimes doesn’t pan out the way we had hoped. So, let’s rethink resolutions. Let’s resolve not to resolve and instead look for great opportunities that will make 2022 a year of idea, experiences, and memories. Our ideas, of course, focus on the great outdoors, particularly…
recreation, science, education, stargazing, photo contest

Managing forests for tribal priorities

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Across the U.S., there are 574 federally recognized Native American nations. Each one has a unique culture, language and land management approach. Most have cherished relationships with plants and other living things. Such relationships are vital to the culture, health and economies of many Native Americans. Young sochan that was planted at the Snowbird Youth Center…
forests, tribes, science, cultural

Knowledge of ‘heirs properties’ issues help families keep, sustain land

A picture of a dark looking cabin nestled deep in a forested area.
There are many hurdles to managing forests located on heirs’ property. Heirs’ property seems to disproportionately affect African Americans but is also found in Appalachia, Hispanic communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and Native American communities. (USDA Forest Service photo by Sarah Farmer)Children often inherit their parents’ homes and land. But what if…
sustain, science, private lands, research

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
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