Bison graze at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Photo courtesy of Darley Newman.
Recreate safely - Fireworks are ilegal in public lands
Although this year’s Pride celebrations are mostly virtual, they are, nonetheless, important to recognize. Let’s take this month—and every month—to honor and celebrate our LBGTQ+ colleagues and the wonderful contributions they provide to this agency.
Today, we celebrate Juneteenth! Here in the Forest Service we recognize it as an important day in our nation’s history. Juneteenth commemorates when, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, the last group of slaves learned that they were free.
Celebrating Pride Month 2020
A bobolink rests in the grasses at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Midewin’s virtual programs include a two-part webinar of “Birds of Midewin.” Photo courtesy Rich Hickson.
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month
Memorial Day 2020
Longleaf pine seedlings and saplings need full sunlight to thrive. Without fire, faster growing plants shade them out, especially while seedlings are in the grass stage. USDA Forest Service photo.
Hairy Clematis flower (sugar flower) located up North Cottonwood of Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, June 12, 2016. USDA Forest Service photo by M. Knapp.
Pando trees in the Fishlake National Forest, Utah. USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
View of Babyfoot Lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon's Southern Coast. USDA Forest Service photo.
Chief Vicki Christiansen continues to lead the Forest Service from her home in Alexandria, Virginia, April 17. Photo courtesy Mike Harris.
Big horn sheep in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Idaho, November 29, 2008. USDA Forest Service photo by Jared Fisher.
A bird of prey uses a roadside fence post to look for morning breakfast in the Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. Turtle crossing the road. Hoosier National Forest, Indiana. USDA Forest Service photo.
The Thunder Basin National Grassland is located in northeastern Wyoming in the Powder River Basin between the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
To combat the staggering unemployment of the Great Depression and preserve the nation’s natural resources, Congress created the Civilian Conservation Corps on March 31, 1933. The CCC was one of the most popular programs of the New Deal.
Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. USDA Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo.
During Women's History Month, we celebrate the contributions women have made and continue to make to improve our nation and our agency.
Trevor Edmondson, Midewin project manager with The Wetlands Initiative, holds a northern leopard frog. Edmonson will present a special leap year program at the Midewin Welcome Center on Saturday, Feb. 29th. Photo courtesy of The Wetlands Initiative.
A Triple Nickle member in full gear waits for the order to board the plane at Pendleton Army Airfield in summer 1945. Photo courtesy of National Archives via Eastern Washington University.
Cook and Mess gong. Civilian Conservation Corp. Lassen National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo by Capt. Daniel Sheehan.
February is Black History Month
Civilian Conservation Corp enrollee splitting shingles for use in the bath house at the Double Lake recreational area. Sam Houston National Forest, Texas. USDA Forest Service photo by Bluford Muir.
In 1979, Charles "Chip" Cartwright became the first African-American District Ranger, serving on the Conconully District of the Okanogan National Forest in Washington. In 1988, he was named Supervisor of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share that a Large Airtanker crashed on Thursday, January 23rd... in New South Wales, Australia." Shawna Legarza, USDA Forest Service Director of Fire and Aviation
Chief Christiansen and Lenise Lago celebrate Lenise's retirement at the Yates Building Jan. 17, 2020. USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Shawna Legarza, USDA Forest Service director of Fire and Aviation Management, visited a dispatch center at the State Control Centre in Victoria, Australia, Jan. 8. The SCC is Victoria’s primary control centre for management of emergencies.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree after it was officially lit during the Lighting Ceremony on the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, Dec. 4, 2019. USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Iceberg on Portage Lake Glacier Ranger District, Chugach National Forest. From the 2019 Alaska region employee photo contest. USDA Forest Service photo by Tyra Olstad.
The 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree -- At over 60 feet high, the giant spruce is coming all the way from Carson National Forest, New Mexico. Photo courtesy photo by James Edward Mills, Choose Outdoors.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with family and friends! Photo courtesy of Tes Jolly, NWTF.
Bison and calf at Midewin National Tallgrass.The Midewin bison are a small conservation herd introduced on the prairie in October 2015 as a 20-year experiment in restoring the landscape. USDA Forest Service photo.
Frank Winter Hawk is a new Native American avatar for the Forest Service who, along with his trusty horse, connects young visitors to tribal peoples and their connection and stewardship of the land since time immemorial.
2019 Capitol Christmas Tree is coming! At over 60 feet high, the giant spruce is coming all the way from Carson National Forest, New Mexico. Photo courtesy of James Edward Mills, Choose Outdoors.
Veterans Day - Thank you for serving our country and preotecting our freedoms
Celebrating National American Indian-Alaska Native Heritage Month – Honoring our Nations: Building strength through understanding
The Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Big Hole Valley, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana, June 1, 2012. USDA Forest Service photo by Roger M Peterson.
Testing a cross-laminated timber elliptical rocking wall, used for improving earthquake safety, at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. USDA Forest Service photo by James Bridwell.
The conservation successful efforts of the Kirtland warbler are truly something to sing about. Here, a male Kirtland’s warbler in a jack pine stand in Michigan. USDA Forest Service photo.
This tropical garden, at La Vega community in Puerto Rico, has benefitted from the restoration efforts after hurricanes Irma and Maria. USDA Forest Service photo.
“Watermarks” by Pacific Northwest Research Station researcher Laura Hauck. The biodiversity of an aquatic ecosystem is encompassed in the transient traces of environmental DNA left behind by the inhabitants. They are like hidden watermarks.
Rufous hummingbird in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska. USDA Forest Service photo by Cheryl Carrothers.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Attendees to Lynden Hill’s September 7, 2019, community day had the opportunity to make Smokey Bear ornaments reminding everyone that “only you can prevent wildfires!” USDA Forest Service photo.
9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, September 10, 2019. In 2002, Congress asked the USDA Forest Service to create the Living Memorial Project which uses the power of trees to bring people together and create a lasting, living memorial.
A Forest Service 27-person Quick Reaction Team deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27. They are supporting FEMA through Emergency Support Function #13—Public Safety.
Feather River, Middle Fork at S Fk confluence. Plumas National Forest, California. USDA Forest Service photo by Tim Palmer.
Crawford path, the oldest continuously used and maintained recreation trail in America, celebrated its 200th anniversary on August 9, 2019. View from White Mountain NF, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Joe Klemntovich.
Every year, rafting operators share the whitewater experience with visitors on the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River on the Stanislaus National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo by Jerry Snyder.
August 9 – Associate Chief Lenise Lago and Chief Vicki Christiansen join in on the celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday at USDA’s Whitten Patio in Washington, DC. USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Join the celebration for Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday!
Lockett Meadow Campground in the heart of the San Francisco Peaks is primitive campground and day use area. It offers a scenic view of the San Francisco Peaks in the cool aspen trees that surround it. USDA Forest Service photo by Deborah Lee Soltesz.
The Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel pictured here in Mud Creek, Payette National Forest, Idaho on April 30, 2011, is found only in Adams and Valley Counties in the Central Idaho Mountains. USDA Forest Service photo by Bill Rautsaw.
1926 Chevy truck rescued from a shelterbelt in western South Dakota in the early 90's. It had a faint FS shield painted on the door and was in poor shape. Black Hills NF Employees Association acquired and restored and donated to the Black Hills NF.
The National Forest Foundation officially launched National Forest Week to raise awareness of the incredible value of the National Forest System this week. National Forest Week is a week-long celebration of all that national forests and grasslands offer.
Be safe, be responsible and have a fun Independence Day!
2019 LGBTQ+ Pride Month at the USDA Forest Service
A new Smokey Bear outdoor exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrates 75 years of preventing wildfires. Washington DC May 23, 2019. USDA Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are graced by U.S. flags on Memorial Day.
C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing based at Channel Islands Air National Guard Base in Port Hueneme, California, drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, California.
Jo Santiago, a wildlife biologist and a raptor rehabilitation specialist, handles Freedom, a bald eagle during a presentation in Washington D.C., April 24, 2019. Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Sunrise over Lake Superior, Superior National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo Steven Robertson.
Celebrating Women's History Month.
It's our anniversary! 114 years ago, Pres. Roosevelt unified all federal forest lands under the Department of Agriculture, creating the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service.
Chief Christiansen welcomed Albuquerque Service Center employees back to work and expressed her gratitude for the hard work that went into paying all Forest Service employees. Forest Service photo by Nicole Ebberhart.
Fall fishing at it's finest on the Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota. USDA Forest Service photo.
1930s hygiene items. Milk of Magnesia toothpaste and the handle from an early double edge razor recovered from Baca Ranger Station area, New Mexico. USDA Forest Service photos by Mark Gutzman.
Josh Voorhis gets to know eagles competing in a hunting competition during the World Nomad Games. USDA Forest Service photo by Zach Palm.
We are prepared to provide food, emergency housing, community, farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by Hurricane Florence. https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms
Tagged, newborn monarch released at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie’s Welcome Center. The monarch’s new home is a mix of royal catchfly, coneflowers, milkweed and other prairie plants that grow thick and tall. USDA Forest Service photo.
Eastern Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson and Visitor Information Assistant Frederick Wilkins, released a tagged, newborn monarch at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie’s Welcome Center. USDA Forest Service photo.
Firefighter combats a wildfire. Forest Service photo.
Interim Chief Christiansen held her first all-employee call Aug. 22 from the Washington Office. Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Employees in the Washington Office listen intently to interim Chief Christiansen during her all-employee call Aug. 22, 2018. Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.
Firefighter Crew from Puerto Rico arrives in camp to lend a helping hand, Sugar Pine/ Miles Fire 2018. Forest Service photo.
Spotted lantern fly nymphs near Reading, Pennsylvania. Forest Service photo by Karen Felton.
Sierra Hotshots captain directing crew members during a burn operation near Jerseydale on the Ferguson Fire. Forest Service photo by Kari Greer.
Fiery sunset over Trumbull Peak, Sierra National Forest, in the Ferguson Fire. Forest Service photo by Kari Greer.
A Dalton Hotshot using a drip torch during a burn operation on Henness Ridge, Ferguson Fire. Forest Service Photo by Kari Greer.
Removing invasive dallisgrass from Reed Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains was but one of the many accomplishments of the Youth Conservation Corps crew housed at Rucker Administrative Site. Forest Service photo.
Australian and New Zealand fire fighters gear up and prepare to support our Forest Service crews in fighting west coast forest fires, National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho, Aug. 6, 2018. Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo.
Australian and New Zealand fire fighters gear up and prepare to support our Forest Service crews in fighting west coast forest fires, National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho, Aug. 6, 2018. Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo.
Near Laurance Lake Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon, June 29, 2017. Forest Service photo by Glenn Daman.
Elephants around Marsabit National Park in northern Kenya are rebounding following severe poaching a decade ago, but these increases have led to human–wildlife conflict when elephants raid local village croplands. Forest Service photo by John Kerkering.
Francisco Hernandez and UCC students pose for a photo at the end of Three Bridges Park after completing their bike tour through the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2018. Photo courtesy of Lainet Garcia, Urban Ecology Center.
A curious long-tailed weasel surveying his domain. Monroe Mountain, Richfield Ranger District, Fishlake National Forest, Utah, September 16, 2010. Forest Service photo by Kreig Rasmussen.
Johnny Walker (center), senior firefighter from the Shawnee NF, and Vinton Vicenti (back left), a firefighter from Bitterroot NF, help ignite a prescribed burn on the Shawnee National Forest in March 2018. Photo courtesy of Lee Jensen.
Mount Charleston blue butterfly on Nuttall’s linanthus along the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area’s Bonanza Trail, Nevada. Forest Service photo by Katy Gulley.
The Roughskin Newt (Taricha granulosa) – is a common species in Pacific Northwest forests. It is also one 200 salamander species at risk of infection with Bsal, a recently discovered lethal fungal pathogen. Forest Service photo
South Fork of the Trinity River, Trinity County, May 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of Martin Swett.
A child crawls out of the "cave" at the Black Hills National Forest booth at the Youth and Family Services Kids’ Fair, Rapid City, S.D. Forest Service photo.
Pika on National Forest System land. Forest Service photo.
As part of a stream training class on Tongass NF, Jamal Travis took a channel gradient reading using a clinometer. Forest Service photo by Jessica Davila.
Law Enforcement and Investigations Director Tracy Perry and Senior Special Agent Tony McGallicher honor the fallen at the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.
Wreaths at the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.
Law Enforcement Officers at the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.
Forest Service technicians and members of the incident team for hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, opening trails to provide access to long term research sites at Luquillo Experimental Forest. Forest Service photo by Maria M. Rivera.
Researchers documented hoary bats – the most widespread bat species in North America – flying at night using little to no echolocation during their mating season. Highlighting the need for detection methods beyond echolocation in sensitive areas.
After a successful river crossing the south branch of Potomac River, WV, firefighters from the Augusta Interagency Hotshot Crew made significant progress in tackling hot spots on the Monongahela National Forest. FS photo by Gary C. Chancey.
After a safe crossing on the South Branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia, members of the Augusta Interagency Hotshot Crew made significant progress in tackling hot spots on the Monongahela National Forest Castle Fire. Forest Service photo by Gary C
Forest Service employees from Monongahela National Forest assist firefighters from the Augusta Interagency Hotshot Crew board watercraft enroute across the Potomac River, WV, to tackle hot spots on the Castle Fire. Forest Service photo by Gary C. Chancey.
Six months after Hurricane Maria, only a small portion of El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico, is available for enjoyment. Here, tourists enjoy climbing La Coca Waterfall. USDA Photo by Preston Keres.
Brilliant red sunset from Lena Beach Recreation Area. Tongass National Forest, Juneau Ranger District. Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro.
Green Mountain burn on Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Feb. 14, 2018. Favorable conditions helped accomplish burning 800 acres with hand ignitions and helicopter aerial ignitions. Forest Service photo by Anna Wright.
Student seeing first-hand the impact of ocean acidification on a small crab shell during EKiP event at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Forest Reserve, Hawaiʻi. Photo courtesy of Dino Morrow.
A wildlife biologist nets a flatwoods salamander to observe its development in Bristol, Florida. A multiagency team of wildlife biologists monitor their development before releasing them into wetlands scattered throughout the Apalachicola National Forest.
Temperance River bridge and falls near Schroder, MN and the USDAForest Service Superior National Forest on Feb 26, 2018. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Landowners tending to their windbreak planted as part of the Prairie States Forestry Project during the 1930s. Forest Service photo.
Temperance River bridge and falls near Schroder, MN and Superior National Forest on Feb 26, 2018. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Mt. Lemmon, Coronado NF. Participants from Latin America practice using tools to build a firebreak during a fire simulation exercise as part of a workshop promoting leadership of women in fire management. Forest Service photo by Alexandra Zamecnik.
Crescent Moon Ranch, just below Cathedral Rock, AZ - Students from Sedona Red Rock High School help Friends of the Forest Volunteers clean out an irrigation canal that provides water to a local community garden. Forest Service photo by Brady Smith.
Joel “Jeep”, Ph.D, Raptor Ecologist, is attacked by a parent peregrine falcon while rappelling from a cliff to a nest. Photo courtesy of J. Avery.
A little brown bat is swabbed for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Forest Service photo by Daniel Lindner.
Northern lights over North Twin Lake on the Chippewa National Forest. Forest Service photo by Robert Ferdinandt.
Forest Service and partner firefighters battle the Thomas Fire in Southern California. Forest Service photo.
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Forest Service photo.
Tourists and media watch as Architect of the Capitol workers unload the 2017 Capitol Christmas tree, an Engelmann spruce from Kootenai National Forest, Nov. 27. USDA Photo by Preston Keres.
Fall colors set the Trap Hills area of Ottawa National Forest ablaze along a section of the North Country Trail. Forest Service photo by Randi Ellsworth.
Jo Santiago, International Programs, presents Freedom, the bald eagle, at the Nov 9th Veterans Day event held at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va. Forest Service photo.
As the Mendenhall ice caves melt some form 'ice tubes' ideal for exploration. Mendenhall Glacier, Alsaka. Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro.
Celebrating BatWeek 2017
Textures. Forest Service photo courtesy of Joe Serio, Fish Biologist, R10, Sitka Ranger District, Alaska.
Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Bobby Phillips distributes water and food supplies to a family in a remote area in Puerto Rico in September 2017. Forest Service photo.
A winding road leading into fall color. Superior National Forest, Minn. Forest Service photo.
Maroon Bells on the White River National Forest in Colorado showing their #FallColors. Photo courtesy of Matt Hobbs
Southwest Conservation Corps members, halfway through the process of constructing a bridge over a creek in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness on the Questa Ranger District in New Mexico. Forest Service photos by Richard Holmes.
Next generation of Native leaders gained skills to address environmental challenges in their communities. 2017 Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. Forest Service photo.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2017 – USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, left, swears in Chief Tony Tooke as the 18th Chief Forester, as his wife Ginger Tooke looks on in the Whitten Patio, Jamie L. Whitten Building.
Chief Tom Tidwell, his wife Kim Tidwell, Jan Peterson and former Chief Max Peterson pause for a photo during Chief Tidwell’s retirement open house in the Yates Building Aug. 31, 2017. Forest Service photo.
New Neka communication shelter at Hoonah Ranger District. Forest Service photo.
Sunset and shadows of Cirque of the Towers (west side) looking across Shadow Lake. Bridger Wilderness, Bridger-Teton National Forest. Forest Service photo by Greg Bevenger.
Remembering our first Chief: Gifford Pinchot, Chief of the Forest Service, seated at his desk (circa 1905). Forest Service photo.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker and his wife Donna, along with visitors from Japan, visit Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center July 31, 2017. Photo by Stephen Mattson, Office of the Governor.
A Student Conservation Association intern on the Yakutat Ranger District receives training in the safe use of power saws. Forest Service photo by Rob Morgenthaler.
Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog. Bridgeport Ranger District, Hoover Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Forest Service photo by Rachel Van Horne.
Lake-side view, Coulter Mesa, CO. Forest Service photo.
The skeleton of an ancient white pine sits on a rocky ridge in the White Cloud Mountain Range of central Idaho. Sawtooth National Forest. Forest Service photo.
Yaxté Totem stands in place overlooking the Auke Village Recreation Area within the Tongass National Forest. Forest Service photo by Dru Fenster.
Khushi Patel from Germantown, Tennessee, holds her contest-winning poster. The annual Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl contest is sponsored by National Garden Clubs. Patel also won last year. Forest Service photo by Dominic Cumberland.
It takes teamwork to reach your destination when paddling a canoe. Two girls try it out during Colorado's 2016 GO Day events. Forest Service photo.
Newborn bison calves graze at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Bison were introduced in 2015 as a 20-year experiment to see if their grazing pattern helps attract birds that are native to Illinois tallgrass prairies. Forest Service photo by Rick Short.
Kimberly Palacios (HRM) and Lou Romero (Amigos) cut off a section of a downed white fir blocking the Oso Corridor Trail in the Sandia Ranger District. HRM volunteers in the background receive instruction on safe tool practices while observing the work.
McCart lookout at Sula Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest. Forest Service photo by Ruth Wooding
Trumpeter swans on the Chugach National Forest. Forest Service photo by Ron Neibrugge.
McCart lookout at Sula Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest
Students from Boulder, Montana celebrating winter during their SnowSchool hike near Elkhorn Ghost town in February 2017. (All permissions have been granted).
The greater sage grouse thrives in the sagebrush landscape of the West. USDA NRCS photo.
Forest habitat is depicted in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park during a visit by Peter Singleton and park staff. Credit: Forest Service photo by Peter Singleton
A hiker stops inside the Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Tongass National Forest (Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro)
Inside FS photo Northern Snow