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Camping

Seven of our Favorite National Forest Campgrounds in New Mexico

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 155 National Forests and 20 Grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in our public lands. Here they describe some of their favorite campgrounds in New Mexico.

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Eight of Our Favorite National Forest Campgrounds in Arizona

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 155 National Forests and 20 Grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in our public lands. Here they describe some of their favorite campgrounds in Arizona.

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Hiking and Backpacking

A Hike Through History on the Angeles National Forest

Traveling through Big Santa Anita Canyon is like stepping back in time to the “Great Hiking Era.” As you walk along the paths trees and bushes give way to historic camps and cabins built from the 1890s to 1930s to ensure that the residents of the growing city would have a place to find peace in nature.

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Five Reasons to Visit the Scotchman Peaks

Located northeast of Spokane, Washington and 30 scenic miles from Sandpoint, Idaho, the Scotchman Peaks straddle the Idaho-Montana border over Lake Pend Oreille. Learn more about a few reasons you should visit these majestic mountains!

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A Pilgrimage to Mount Baldy

This past fall, the NFF sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Read Jonathan's third place entry here.

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Treasured Landscapes

Finding Creative Solutions to Ramp up Work on Colorado Fourteeners

Through the Find Your Fourteener campaign, the NFF is working with partners to create forward-thinking solutions that will increase the pace and scale of restoration and habitat protection on Colorado’s beloved Fourteeners – and implement those solutions in a collaborative, coordinated manner. One solution is the development of a special role for “Peak Apprentices.”

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Adventures

Five Safety Tips for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

This summer’s solar eclipse will be an experience you won’t want to miss. Some of the best viewing spots for this exciting event are our very own National Forests and Grasslands! Viewing this year’s Total Solar Eclipse is a great family activity, but you should take a few precautions.

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Cabins and Lookout Towers

A Hike Through History on the Angeles National Forest

Traveling through Big Santa Anita Canyon is like stepping back in time to the “Great Hiking Era.” As you walk along the paths trees and bushes give way to historic camps and cabins built from the 1890s to 1930s to ensure that the residents of the growing city would have a place to find peace in nature.

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Top Ten Cabins on the Tongass National Forest

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.

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Collaboration

Finding Creative Solutions to Ramp up Work on Colorado Fourteeners

Through the Find Your Fourteener campaign, the NFF is working with partners to create forward-thinking solutions that will increase the pace and scale of restoration and habitat protection on Colorado’s beloved Fourteeners – and implement those solutions in a collaborative, coordinated manner. One solution is the development of a special role for “Peak Apprentices.”

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Partners collaborate to find solutions on the Carson National Forest

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.

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

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.

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History and Culture

K.D. Swan Photos Capture Early National Forests

K.D. Swann, introduced Americans to public lands in the West. The U.S. Forest Service hired Swan in 1911 as a forest assistant in Missoula, Montana. With his interest in forest management and ability for storytelling through photography, Swan captured 300,000 images he captured during his 36 years with the Forest Service.

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