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Welcome to the National Forest Foundation blog. Explore the various articles to learn more about our forests and places to play.


National Forests, Recreation  

Those Who Know Snow: Snow Ranger Pro Tips in the Backcountry

by Kate Jerman

Max Forgensi has worked in the snow as an avalanche forecaster, avalanche educator and Snow Ranger for the Forest Service since 2003. We asked Max to share a few “Pro Tips” on how to enjoy a safe and fun winter in the backcountry on the White River National Forest. Read more…

NFF, Conservation  

Partners collaborate to find solutions on the Carson National Forest

by Emily Olsen

The NFF partnered with the Carson National Forest in February to host a Recreation Partnerships Summit in two New Mexico communities. NFF and Carson National Forest staff facilitated a positive, solutions-oriented discussion with 87 people at the KTAOS Solar Center in Taos and 38 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in Abiquiu. Read more…

Conservation, Treasured Landscapes  

Get to Know the Trail Groups of the White Mountain National Forest

by Austen Bernier

There are currently 11 different trail clubs in the White Mountain National Forest that steward the Forest’s more than 1,200 miles of trails. This is in addition to at least 16 other organizations that are current trail maintainers. To make it easier, we’ve put together a brief overview of some of the key trail clubs in the White Mountains for you. Read more…

NFF, Conservation  

Answering “Why Here, Why Now?” – Collaborative Input on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

by Karen DiBari

In my experience as a facilitator, I have seen collaborative groups conflict with the Forest Service about where and how to restore national forests. In addition, collaborative groups often ask the Forest Service for the long-term strategy to prioritize restoration projects on the forest – which involves more specific details than you can find in a forest plan. On the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, the Forest Service and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group have found a way forward. Read more…


REI helps the NFF Restore Fire-Damaged Trails in Oregon

by Dayle Wallien

To help address some of the trail damage caused by 2015 fires, REI and the National Forest Foundation partnered on the restoration of two Oregon trail systems, one in the Black Canyon Wilderness and one in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Read more…

Recreation, Treasured Landscapes  

New Warming Hut Open on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

by Karen DiBari

Snowmobilers and other winter recreationalists on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest now have a shelter in which to picnic, escape the elements and warm up, thanks to the efforts of the National Forest Foundation, University of Idaho faculty and students, the U.S. Forest Service, the Sandpoint Winter Riders and regional partners. Read more…