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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…

 

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…

Recreation  

Slowing Down: My First Sunset in the San Gabriel Mountains

by Michelle Chan

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 Michelle's winning entry here. Read more…

Recreation, Treasured Landscapes  

Six “Off-the-Beaten-Path” Hiking Trails in the White Mountain National Forest

by Austen Bernier

For many hikers, an important feature of an escape into the wilderness is the feeling of isolation and separation from crowds. This can be difficult in a popular National Forest, such as the White Mountain. For anyone who finds peak weekend hiking to resemble a wilderness highway more than a wilderness trail, we’ve highlighted six “off-the-beaten-path” trails in the White Mountain National Forest. Read more…

Conservation  

Angoon Youth Conserve the Fortress of Brown Bears Through Alaska Forest Fund

by Dayle Wallien

For eight weeks during the summer of 2016, native Alaskan youth helped steward their public lands on Admiralty Island through the Youth Conservation Corps. For the four students from the village of Angoon, the opportunity provided paid employment, offered career building skills, taught them conservation lessons and exposed them to new outdoor experiences. Read more…

NFF  

New NFF Staff: Meet Austen

by Austen Bernier

Get to know Austen Bernier, the NFF's new Community Engagement Coordinator on the White Mountain National Forest. Read more…