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Top Ten Cabins on the Tongass National Forest

by Hannah Ettema

Are you planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska? We’ve got the insider scoop on the best places to experience the wilderness of Alaska. Our largest National Forest in the country, the Tongass, includes more than 100 cabins available to rent. At 17 million acres, you’ll truly feel secluded. Our local experts at the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska gave us their favorite and top recommendations for cabins on the Tongass. Read more…

National Forests  

Six of the “Greenest” National Forests

by Hannah Ettema

St. Patrick's Day has us all thinking green. Our National Forests may not always look green but they're certainly doing 'green' things all year round. In honor of the holiday, we selected some of our National Forests where you're most likely to see green. Read more…

National Forests, Recreation  

Powder Hounds and Access to Play

by Emily Olsen

With 60 percent of all alpine skiing happening on National Forests, powder hounds are recreating on many National Forest lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the ski industry have enjoyed a unique history since the first ski resorts – Sun Valley, Alta, and others –opened. However, the origins of recreational access for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or any other use is more complex than you might expect. Read more…

National Forests, Conservation  

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Develops Forest Health Index

by Aaron Reckley

Friend of the NFF, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has developed a new tool called the Forest Health Index. The Index will help Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley community make sense of the complex environmental conditions affecting the local forest. Read more…

National Forests, Conservation  

California Assessment of Wood Biomass and Markets

by Hannah Ettema

In the past two years multiple fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres in the Sierra and Cascades alone. Thinning and Prescribed Burns are preventative measures taken to reduce the likelihood of Mega Fires. Read more…

National Forests, Recreation  

Importance of Washington’s National Forests for the Economy

by Hannah Ettema

We know that biking, hiking, skiing, climbing and trail running are great activities for our physical and spiritual health – but a new study shows these activities are also good for the Pacific Northwest’s economic health! Read more…