Nature & Science

  • Vision: Your Great Lakes National Forest: Inspiring Unforgettable experiences and sustaining ecosystems and livelihoods through collaborative, science-based land management.

Science and nature come together in land management.  As we implement the Forest Service mission on the Hiawatha, our vision statement helps ensure that we keep science in the forefront.  Our staff includes a wide variety of science specialties including wildlife biology, hydrology, forestry, botany, archaeology, fisheries biology, engineering, and more.  To learn more about how these specialists contribute to conservation and management of your national forest's resources, read on!

Winners 2015 Hiawatha National Forest Amateur Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2015 Amateur Photo Contest.

Grand Island Ice CurtainAll Natural -- This category is for any landscapes, wildlife, and/or plant photos where water is visible or relating to water (e.g. a turtle on a lo...g or a wetland plant).  Congratulations to Chelsea Murawski for her photo “Ice Cave Grand Island” taken at Grand Island National Recreation Area.



hand holding fishing pole in a boatHuman Interest -- This category is for photos of water-based recreation like swimming, fishing, and boating. Congratulations to Chelsie Ritter for her photo “Foggy Fisherman” taken at AuTrain Lake.





Students taking water samplesMaking a Difference -- The rivers and lakes of the Hiawatha National Forest are impacted by many things— from aquatic invasive species to trash to pollution. In this category we asked to see how the waters you love are being impacted by these. Congratulations to Dave Duncan and his Cedarville High School environmental class for their photo “Put trash in cans, not our lakes” taken on the Forest's east zone.

Poster for 2015 Hiawatha National Forest Amateur Photo ContestThe purpose of the contest was to capture the beauty and diversity of the Hiawatha National Forest's rivers and lakes while also capturing nature, human interest and opportunities for all of us to make a difference in water quality. Entries were due September 30, 2015.   See the rules here.




Nature: Our ecosystems are for the birds!

The Hiawatha offers many opportunities for birders.  With a wide range of habitats -- from boreal to fen to jackpine plains -- the Hiawatha plays host to a wide variety of wildlife species including numerous birds.

Nature: Great Islands

What National Forest includes four Great Lakes islands among its system lands?  Why, the Hiawatha, of course!  Click on the feature article title above for the full story!


Science: Region One Timber Strike Team – The Special Forces of Forestry

R1 Timber Strike Team members

Hiawatha National Forest recently hosted a special 4-member team of foresters who are part of the FS’s Region 1Timber Strike Team based out of Missoula, MT.  Learn more ...

The Science and Practice of Winter Logging

Research and hands-on experience provide understanding of methods used to protect soil during managment operations.