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National Forests  

Five Reasons to Visit the Scotchman Peaks

by Emily Olsen

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! Read more…

Conservation  

What Does Measuring Conservation Outcomes Mean?

by Vance Russell

Yet in the conservation world we do sometimes conduct business without checking the books. We make the assumption that if we plant trees, or get volunteers out in nature or improve the geomorphology of a stream, those activities will immediately lead to good things Read more…

Conservation, Treasured Landscapes  

Restoring Mount Eolus, A Beloved Fourteener

by Brian Sargeant

With support from the NFF’s Matching Awards Program, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) completed the final stages of trail construction and habitat restoration on Mount Eolus in 2016. Read more…

Conservation  

NFF Supports Volunteer-based Rim Fire Restoration

by Seth Connolly

Working under the leadership of the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions stakeholder group, the Tuolumne River Trust and the Stanislaus National Forest have partnered to utilize community-based volunteer efforts to begin addressing the many adverse environmental and economic impacts caused by the Rim Fire. Read more…

Conservation  

Educating Appalachian Trail Hikers for a Lifetime of Responsible Use

by Leanna Joyner

With NFF support, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy employed on-Trail educators, engaged citizens in on-the-ground stewardship, involved the greater north Georgia community in efforts to protect the resource, and improved standards and practices for visitor data collection and management. Read more…

National Forests  

Five Reasons Wildlife Appreciate National Forests

by Hannah Ettema

Did you know our National Forests are home to more than 3,000 species of wildlife? Not only do our National Forests provide fresh water, clean air, and places to play, they are critical for the thousands of wild animals that live in the United States. Last year we featured a few reasons why we are thankful for National Forests. This year we imagined a few things animals might say if they were asked the same question. Read more…

Recreation  

Born Out of My Firsts

by Monica Curiel

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 Monica's second place entry here. Read more…

Recreation  

A Pilgrimage to Mount Baldy

by Jonathan LaPearl

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. Read more…

Recreation  

Seven Ways to OptOutside on Your National Forests

by Greg Peters

Created in 2015 by REI, OptOutside encourages Americans to spend Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, outside in nature instead of shopping at a mall, watching television or going to the movies. Here at the NFF, we’ll be closed that Friday, and we’ll be foregoing Black Friday deals to OptOutside on our National Forests. Considering joining the movement? Here’s a few ways you and your family can OptOutside on a National Forest or Grassland this Black Friday. Read more…