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Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program Fosters New Ideas, Partnerships

A picture of smoke rising up in several locations on a mountain side.
Smoke rises over the densely packed Umpqua National Forest in Oregon. (Forest Service photo by Kari Greer) The USDA Forest Service is charged with caring for 193 million acres of the nation’s forests and grasslands and solving some of the most complex land management challenges. Across the country, forests densely packed with trees are at high risk of catastrophic…
Innovation Finance, budget, USDA Forest Service, reforestation, fire, land management, recreation

A Role Model for Federal Accountability: The FIA Annual Business Report

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Helicopter-dropped crew (Dan Durfee and Ian Kottke) measuring forest plots in Kupreanof Island, Coastal Alaska For nearly 100 years, the USDA Forest Service has been building the world’s largest continuous body of data on forests, including, health, biomass, extent, and ownership. Over the years, the Forest Inventory and Analysis program has expanded, and today…
USDA Forest Service, FIA Program, FIA Annual Business Report

When Bears Fly

A picture of an extremely large inflated Smokey Bear balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
This bear can fly. The new Smokey Bear balloon debuted in last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (USDA Forest Service photo) Smokey Bear will make an appearance again in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The star of the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history will remind those tuning-in about his important message: Only You…
USDA Forest Service, smokey bear, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The U.S. Capitol Christmas arrives in DC

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The Peoples’ Tree is positioned in place on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill. (Photo Credit Tanya Flores, USDA Forest Service) For 50 years now the arrival of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has brought enormous excitement to the workers upon whose responsibility it is to deliver the tree across the country and then hoist the towering conifer into place on the West…
USDA Forest Service, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, architect of the capitol, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

Science is Saving the Mangrove Forests

A picture of a mangrove area with a waterway in the center and thick shrubs along the banks.
A mangrove forest in the nation of Palau. (USDA Forest Service photo) Mangrove forests along the coastlines in the Asia-Pacific region provide building materials for traditional homes, shelter fish and wildlife, protect communities from tsunamis and typhoons, and store more carbon than any other forested ecosystem in the world. Despite all they do for humans and…
USDA Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hawaii, Mangroves

Tackling the science behind 2020’s wild season of wildfire

A picture of Portland, Oregon with smoke filled air.
  Labor Day (Sept. 7) 2020 came in with hot, dry, easterly winds that reached hurricane levels. These gusts fanned wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington into record-breaking megafires that threatened suburbs and compromised air quality in cities like Portland Oregon, shown here. Photo by Ted Timmons. USDA Forest Service employees at the Pacific…
USDA Forest Service, pacific northwest research station