Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Planting seeds of prevention

Two employees stand in front of tall industrial shelves stacked high with large white bags of seed.
A custom seed mix created to reseed a fuel break on the Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest. (USDA Forest Service photo by Lindsey Winkel) In a large climate-controlled warehouse in central Utah, hundreds of thousands of pounds of seed in white feed bags are stacked to…
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, watershed, utah, seeds

A Forest Service hydrologist talks water

Image of hydrology technician, Kaci Spooner, wearing a USDA Forest Service uniform, kneeling in the short brush and grass next to a river.
Kaci Spooner, a forest hydrology technician for the Modoc National Forest. (USDA Forest Service photo by Andrew Avitt) National forests provide an estimated 20% of the nation’s water, and 60% in California. Hydrologists on those national forests know its importance. It’s meaningful work, and those that care for water on those public lands will…
hydrology, hydrologist, groundwater, watershed, careers

Reconnecting rivers

A group of people standing on the Warms Springs bridge and diversion dam.
Water flows through the Twin Lakes Creek Diversion over Meyers Dam on Warm Springs Creek in Montana. (USDA Forest Service photo by Catherine Mcrae) For the first time in more than 100 years, the Warm Springs Creek and Clark Fork River in west-central Montana will connect to create a passageway for native trout migration and improve the overall watershed health in the region. This project is…
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, infrastructure, watershed, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bull trout, fish habitat, fish, Engineering, inside the forest service

From Forests to Faucets: Where does your drinking water come from?

A picture of a small waterfall in a forested area.
Watersheds are land areas, also known as basins or drainage areas, where rainfall flows to streams and rivers and then to outlets, like an ocean or bay. National forests and grasslands are home to watersheds that provide clean drinking water for millions of people. Photo credit: Eric Vallery, USDA Forest…
water, watershed, climate change, research

Building the Salmon SuperHwy

A picture of a Forest Service employee and a SalmonSuperHwy worker looking at their project work.
The Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership between the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service aims to restore landscapes, protect water quality, enhance habitat, and reduce wildfire threats to communities across the country. This is a story about fish habitat and how one project known as the Salmon SuperHwy is connecting land-owners and streams across Oregon.…
salmon, ecosystems, watershed, culvert

Western Water Threatened by Wildfire

USFS shield
By Tom Fry, Western Conservation Director, American Forest Foundation Tom Fry is the Western Conservation Director of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). AFF and the U.S. Forest Service hold a long-standing partnership in pursuit of protecting and conserving the important forest benefits that come from family and individually owned forest lands across the United States and ensuring the next…
American Forest Foundation, california, clean water, colorado, forestry, FS, oregon, watershed, wildfire, woodland owner